When the concept of social networking was first brought into the spotlight quite some time ago, it was heralded as a revolutionary idea that would make general practices of keeping in touch never the same again. Fast-forward to today and it would seem that they were indeed right, but did anyone really have the slightest inkling that the revolution would be quite as expansive and global as it turned out to be?
For those who spend their lives long distances away from their nearest and dearest, social networking sites and other such options are nothing other than a Godsend and can help maintain relationships that would otherwise become rather frayed. However, when it comes to those perhaps living no more than a few doors apart, who could have ever seen the day when an online message or status update would replace the 30 second walk required to pay an actual visit?
The problem is that what text messaging did to increase convenience but kill conversation, social network appears to have done to face to face interaction. The result is a new generation of internet users who spend most of their lives building their relationships and social skills online at the expense of traditional encounters and activities.
Of course, sending an online question about collectible tin boxes to a neighbor five minutes down the street will yield a quicker response, but at the same time eliminates the chance of important interaction which seems to be becoming really rather endangered.
Social networking was designed to boot social lives as an additional tool and not replace them altogether, which it sadly seems to be doing a remarkable job of at this juncture.
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