For most, the answer is easy and obvious for this question. It does brings us together. It puts us in touch with who we lost touch with; and the list goes on.
A lot of people complain about how Social Media made us more worried and concerned with the virtual world rather than the world in front of our face.
I believe that Social Media has both brought us together and pushed us further apart. Without Social Media it wouldn’t be easy for us to communicate with each other with a press of a button! Using something like Skype brings people closer when they can’t always physically see each other. Texting someone through Facebook or any other texting platform allow us to be in contact with anyone anywhere in the world, at any point in time. We can always reach somebody no matter how far they are away from us. Social Media today had become our greatest ally and our greatest hindrance. It can open doors to opportunities never thought of before, and even solve problems that seem impossible.
But on the other hand, it does have some negative effects on people, tearing them apart in way of face to face communication making such relations undervalued. Specially this generation! You always see a bunch of friends groups hanging out together when each of them is caught up in there digital devices, they constantly want to check what everyone’s tweeting, what they are doing, instead of talking to the friends they set with, or holding conversation and engaging with each other! It’s even sadder when you find some of them actually cannot go a day without using their phones, laptops, or tablets, forgetting how to enjoy their lives in the way it should be.
I remember how my father used to complain about how I spend most of my time at home on my Phone/Laptop communicating and checking with people am far away from, while forgetting about the ones I live with, the ones am really close to!
He used to believe that Social Media makes one “Closer to people they’re far away from, but farther from the people they’re close enough to.”
Well, from the outside view, he was right! digital interactions appear to be cold and inhuman. There’s no denying on that. And without doubt, given the choice between “hugging” and “poking” someone, I think everyone agree on which one feels real and better.
When you think about it, it’s really confusing, the fact that we nowadays live in such two conflicting realities exist side-by-side.
Social media does draw us nearer and distances us at the same time! But it’s up to us by the end of the day to choose what it does to our lives.
At the end, there’s really no right answer to that question! It’s all on us and on how we chose to use it. The more we balance between both the more we get positive outcome from both sides.