Is Social Interaction on the Internet a Good Idea?
A personal, one-on-one interaction has definitely taken a back seat when it comes to social interaction. More and more people are getting hooked on to socially interacting with friends and family through the internet. The immense popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc is proving beyond any doubt that live social interaction is facing stiff competition from social media sites.
Are our ‘Live’ Social Skills Going for a Toss?
“A Social Networking Site has becoming the Life Blood of Its User”
Yes, the indications are that our skills are becoming severely limited these days, courtesy our increasing fascination for interaction on the internet. This is an occurrence that is fast developing serious overtones of a problem that is psychological in nature, and one that needs to be taken care of in a hurry. People no longer are spending time meeting their friends at the neighborhood coffee shops or at their homes, but prefer to catch up with them through the confines of a social networking site. They have become as dependent on social networks for their social interaction as they are dependent on say food, water or oxygen for their survival…….and this is not an exaggeration. A person might be willing to forego an endless number of things, but forgoing the daily sessions on a social networking site, is not up for discussion.
Head Over Heels with Online Social Interaction
“Social Networking Platforms provide a comfortable and secure environment”
Why are people falling in love with this phenomenon, so much so that they are ignoring the social interactions that are a part and parcel of real life? Well for one, it provides a comfortable environment for interaction. You are not burdened by the ‘time’ factor. You can interact with people in your own time and give the interaction the amount of time you want. There is tremendous comfort in doing things your way without slotting interactions into any given time frame. In a world where time is at a premium, social interaction on the internet presents a great way of keeping in touch and forming new relationships without compromising on time. Imagine, your friends are available for a quick chat even in the middle of the night! This is something that is not possible in real time, face-to-face interactions. Secondly, online social interaction is not demanding. We have seen how it does not make any demands from the ‘time perspective’. Such interactions are also not demanding at an emotional level. There are little or no expectations from the person at the other end. The person has the luxury of just saying good bye and logging off. There are very few if any heart felt goodbyes and promises made to meet another day. Without any emotional baggage, people strapped for time consider online social interaction a great way of having a social life without the associated demands of an emotional nature.