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Social Media: Influence on Interpersonal Relationships & Society


Interpersonal relationships are important in every aspect of society – from romantic relationships to business relationships. Before the invent of social media, people were forced to interact face-to-face and over the phone, but with new-age busy lifestyles, and consuming large amounts of information on the go, the ability to interact with others all over the world has changed the dynamic of interpersonal relationships.

Here is a list of the 7 ways social media has changed interpersonal relationships and society:

#1 Social Networking

One major benefit of social media is it's ability to link people to one another all over the world and allow them to interact in real time. This is a very effective tool for keeping up with important social contacts and keeping a business humming these days with real-time or live updates. Social media is also very useful for marketing and media as well as collaboration with other businesses.

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#2 Quality time with family

This is an area that clearly suffers due to the emergence of social media. Most households these days are consumed with electronics and very little one-on-one interaction that fosters healthy relationships among family members in the household.

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#3 Bullying online

The anonymity of the internet allows some to feel more bold and the use of the internet to bully others has become a societal problem. The internet can be used in a psychologically negative way to infiltrate the thoughts and viewpoints of others, and unfortunately, bullies see this as another outlet to spew more hate and hurt others.

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#4 Addiction

Social media can become addictive and can take up a lot of time that someone could be spending utilizing social skills to interact in person. The addiction that social media can create causes people to ignore what's going on around them and "waste" too much time engaged on social media to be in the present moment. Such as posting pictures of their food to Instagram while out to dinner with friends, or trying too hard to take the perfect selfie to post to Facebook rather than living life in the moment.

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#5 Social isolation

Oddly enough, social media can make people more anti social because of the convenience of interacting online via your phone or internet at home. It may feel as though you are being social when you interact online, but you're missing out on the satisfaction of the in-person interaction and non-verbal cues which are essential to building deeper and more meaningful bonds with people.

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#6 Distorted reality

A negative side effect of consuming too much social media is a tendency for people to start comparing their lives to others and assuming that everyone else is happier than they are since people who utilize social media have the ability to manipulate the way their life appears to others with enhanced photos of family and friends and vacations.

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#7 Relationship satisfaction

Social media can be a problem for romantic relationships. It allows people a quick and easy escape from reality which helps people to avoid dealing with their relationship issues head on and instead ignore them. Further, the growing popularity of dating apps makes it easier than ever to have an emotional and/or physical affair with ease and that causes a lot of distrust as well as communication problems with couples today.

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