Passive and Active Voice Word choice/ Diction Transition errors Awkward Paraphrasing Grammatical/ spelling errors Works cited errors Social Networking or Antisocial Entertainment? Social media networks such as Faceable and Twitter have been increasingly used over the past few years. Whether it is used for business networking, personal communication, or solely for entertainment, these websites are becoming part of today’s society and are used by every generation.
Social networks allow ways to keep n touch with long distance friends and enable one to market new ideas, but can be viewed as a rising threat to face-to-face communication. Personal communication skills are important and should be highly valued. If these skills are not developed at a young age, the ability to read body language and expression could be completely devastated, causing people to engage in shallow relationships.The New York Times reported a devastating statistic that specified, “fifty-four percent of people asked say they communicate through text messages and only thirty-three participate in real informational conversations” (Stout). Seeing as these popular sites are now easily accessed through cell phone APS, this intriguing statistic supports the claim made above.
Focusing especially on young adolescents, according to Brent Staples, the author of “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow up in Cyberspace”, these networks are forcing teens to become “cut-off from the social encounters that have historically prepared young people to become adults” (Staples 242). Social media sites along with technology all together are causing today’s generation to become hermetic” and lack social skills that will be needed later in order to obtain a career (Staples 243).These distractive and destructive sites are causing young adults to become lethargic with their grammar and social engagements which will later affect their future relationships. Did you know “If Faceable were a country, it would be the fourth largest to China, India, and the United States” (Cardiac)? Faceable, a famous social networking site first designed to aid better communication, has become the most popularly used site among the web. This site was designed with no intention of harming humanity’s ability to be socially connected to the world, but soon grew to do so due to its extreme popularity.Although not created for this intent, Faceable has become an “online community theater” for people to post faulty personalities of themselves in order to make them seem more popular (Matthias 239).
This site is often used more as an entertainment center where people are looked at as “performers on the Faceable stage” (Matthias 240). When using a site like this to do such things, people become thoughtless and irresponsible with what they are presenting to every viewer online. As well as damaging reputations, these sites begin to cause issues related to self-confidence.For example, when one has five hundred tempting to isolate oneself from the real world and simply communicate on the site. People gain self-esteem behind a screen otherwise not obtained in face-to-face communication. While these aspects of social networking may seem beneficial, they can also have a harmful effect on personal communication skills that are needed to ransom young adults into responsible adults. Since social networking sites have made “communication” easier, real solid friendships have become harder to find.People utilizing these sites consider themselves as having one thousand “friends” just because they find a commonality in their profile information, which isn’t the case at all.
People become accustomed to the ways of the web and care more about what a person eats for breakfast than a real life issue that one is facing. That is what a friend is for right, to comfort another friend in desperate need? While trying to answer this question, a particular story caught my attention. A mother of a seventeen year old asked her son if he was going to wish his best friend a happy birthday.The boy replied that he would “write on his friend’s wall” instead. People around the world are becoming so familiarized with this type of communication that they are becoming removed from the world and are missing out on self-expression and real emotions.
According to an article found in The New York Times newspaper, “today’s youths may be missing out on experiences that help them develop empathy, understand emotional nuances and read social cues like facial expressions and body language” (Stout).In today’s society Twitter “mentions” and what someone “writes” on a Faceable wall are becoming more meaningful than actual heart felt words. On another important note, Faceable and Twitter have become a source of cyber bullying, damaged reputations, and an overall damaged image of themselves that leads later to self-esteem issues. According to Brent Staples, “children of the Net” use these sites as “a transformational device that lets one discard quotidian identities for ore glamorous ones” (Staples 243).This virtual system of communication allows people to hide behind a screen and pretend to be a more interesting and popular form of themselves.
With these disguised personalities comes a problem; it is now easier to become a target to a bully because there is no way to catch them for certain. Adolescents especially care far more about impressing their peers than their reputation and begin to post vulgar and inappropriate posts on these sites. These events all lead up to impaired self-worth and impaired reputations that can easily in a person’s desire and ability to engage in face-to-face banters.
Faceable and Twitter was of course intended to be a “place for human connectivity, but it’s made us more wary of real human confrontation” (Matthias 240). If used properly, social networking sites can provide ways to keep in touch with long distance friends or rising trends and ideas, but can easily become too addicting for a person’s well- being. Emerging social communication skills are by far the most important aspect of developing an individual from a child into a mature adult.