SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECT ON INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 2
Social Media Effect on Interpersonal Relationships
The twenty-first century has experienced a sporadic increase in the use and innovation of
technology. There has been much improvement in people’s daily activities due to evolution in
innovations. However, so has been the increase in discussion on the appropriateness and the
costs that the society has had to pay because of the progress. For instance, use of social media
has been an issue that has led scholars to conduct extensive surveys, interviews, and experiments
with the hope of getting a grip on whether it has been of positive or negative influence to the
society. Among the most commonly, asked question is the role it has played in affecting
interpersonal relationships. Different theorists and scholars have had different opinions some of
which can be deduced through logical reasoning. One of the standard forms of expressing an
argument, which I will use in this discussion to draw a conclusion on the issue, would be:
P1: Communication with peer groups primary motivation of social media use
P2: Communication with peers promotes interpersonal relationships
C1: Social media enhances interpersonal relationships.
The first premise has been a result of some of the different studies that have been
influenced by the advent of increased social media use. According to Valerie Barker (2009),
scholarly data on the issue produced results that implied that a significantly high number of
social media users get to use the different platforms with the hope of interacting with their peers
(p. 211). Consequently, the respondents viewed the various platforms as an alternative to calling
their peers or sending them messages on their phones as a way of interaction. Before
popularization of social media, people would use their telephones to call or send messages to
their peers with the hope of engaging in a dialogue that would culminate in improved
relationships. Therefore, social media was seen as an alternative form of communication.
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The second premise seeks to create a boundary between the first one and the conclusion.
Notably, one cannot engage in communication without expressing his or her ideas or emotions.
After all, communication is the one method using which one can send a message to a different
party. Therefore, in the course of communicating, different people get to learn about others and,
in the process, determine how best to deal with each other under different circumstances. As a
result, the relationship between the two parties improves after some time. In this context,
communication improves the interpersonal relationships between the people involved.
Following a deductive reasoning from the first to the second premise, it is inarguably true
that social media improves interpersonal relationships between the parties involved. According to
the first premise, social media is just but a contemporary means of communication. Therefore, it
plays the role previously played by other communication means such as faxes, telephones, and
letters. On the other hand, the second premise notes that the communication facilitated by the
different channels through which it could be conducted interpersonal relationships. Getting one’s
message across to a particular audience gets the said audience to appreciate how they should
conduct themselves around the sender. In this context, social media is just but another instrument
that facilitates communication. Therefore, communication improves the relationships between
the parties. Connecting the two premises yields an answer to the issue by giving the solution that
social media indeed improves interpersonal relationships.