Social Media Impact On Socialization

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The Impact of Social Media on Socialization Erin Hundley Dalton State University January 22, 2018 Abstract How does social media impact human socialization? This study examines the relationship between the use of social media and the impact it has on social interactions. It explores how social media platforms such as Facebook, Snap Chat and Twitter have changed the way people conduct social interactions with one another daily. This study set out to explore the negative and positive impacts of these changes on human socialization. Empirical data was collected using a survey tool through structured face to face interviews. The qualitative data obtained shows while social media has its benefits, there are negative impacts on the…show more content…
Ancient forms of human communication include cave drawings, smoke signals, symbols, and carrier pigeons. During the late 1800’s, communication became more advanced with the invention of the typewriter and the telephone. Roughly one hundred years later, a military project resulted in what we know today as the internet. With a little innovation, the internet made social interactions between people easier than ever, although, the convenience may come at a cost. Some theories suggest that heavy reliance on social media for human interaction will weaken communication skills, hinder meaningful social interactions, and negatively impact personal relationships. However, lack of research regarding the impacts of social media on socialization leaves many wondering what the consequences really are. The purpose of this study was to assess the impacts of social media in human socialization across various age…show more content…
As humans go through the various stages of life, infancy to late adulthood, social interactions shape their understanding of the world around them. Human socialization begins at birth. During the first weeks of life, Interactions with parents and siblings teach infants basic human emotions such as happiness, anger, fear, surprise, and joy. Early interactions with family members and caregivers provide children a foundation to build on as they grow. Interactions during the first years teach skills such as self-feeding, communication, and friendship. As children are exposed to influences outside the home, they begin to develop social skills such as self-control, sharing, and relationship building. Imagine if these skills were never learned. Dining out would be an entirely different experience. Adults would be pitching fits and fighting over the menu! Sadly, there are known cases of human isolation that prove the importance social

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