“Being present [and social] has become a notable problem as social media and new technology have evolved,” according to Dr. Brian Harke, Dean of Students at the University of Southern California.
Being antisocial is not being able to communicate in real life together with other friends and family. Social media is one of the main causes of becoming antisocial. Social media causes people to become antisocial. It causes people to become antisocial because it aggravates people’s feelings, it causes people to spend less time face-to-face, and social media leads to stress and offline relationship problems.
Spending less time face to face is a syndrome of social media. The Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School did a study that the percentage of people reporting less face-to-face time with family in their home rose from 8 percent in 2000 to 34 percent in 2011. The rate of people rose 26 percent within 11 years. During these 11 years, social media was developed and many people became addicted to it. This is important because social media is changing our society each year, yet more and more people are having less face-to-face time with family.
Procon.org states that “32 percent reported using social media or texting during meals (47 percent of 18-34 year olds) instead of talking with family and friends.” This means that social media is taking us away from family and friends, and 32 percent of millennials, such as my generation, are turning toward social media instead of real life interaction. For instance, if social media is not making us antisocial, then why would 32 percent of millennials and 47 percent of the older generation text and go on social media when their friends are there with them, trying to be social with them?
Social media causes stress and offline relationship problems. Some may think that social media makes people’s lives and relationships easier. However, in 2012, a study of social media, claimed that 15 percent of social media users reported that they have had a situation where social media ended their relationships.
Procon.org reports that “According to a Feb. 9, 2012 Pew Internet report, 15 percent of adult social network users had an experience on a social networking site that caused a friendship to end, 12 percent of adult users had an experience online that resulted in a face-to-face argument, and 3 percent of adults reported a physical confrontation as the result of an experience on a social networking site.”
This means that social media is causing problems with people’s offline relationships. This is the result of social media. Social media is changing relationships with the offline universe. “A University of Edinburgh Business School study found the more Facebook friends a person has, the more stressful the person finds Facebook to use,” Procon.org said. This shows that social networking sites, just like Facebook, make people’s lives more stressful than they usually are. It causes problems with people’s offline life, which makes them more antisocial.
Social media aggravates people’s feelings. In the article “Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society? “ on Procon.org, the authors argue that “Social networking can exacerbate feelings of disconnect (especially for youth with disabilities), and put children at higher risk for depression and eating disorders.” If social media aggravates people’s feelings on social media, the person would most likely feel antisocial or become antisocial. Social media causes users to become desolate and depressed.
Alexis Piszczek is a seventh grader American Canyon Middle School, and wrote this originally for a class project.