P1:Social media enables people to share ideas with strangers andfriends.
P2:Social media has fastened the manner in which information spreadsfrom the source to the recipient.
Conclusion:Therefore, it is evident that social media allows people to shareideas with strangers and friends in addition to fastening the mannerin which information spreads from the source to the recipient henceit enhances interpersonal communication.
P1:Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter reduce the amountof physical contact between members of the platform.
P2:Social media encourages a high level of anonymity hence, a personcan pretend to be someone he/she is not, and it is extremelydifficult to confirm someone`s identity on social networking sites.
Conclusion:Therefore, social media hinders interpersonal communication.
P1:Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter reduce the amountof physical contact between members of the platform. Before the eraof social media, if an individual wanted to interact with another,the two persons either had to meet physically or communicate viaphone. As such, a more personal kind of interaction was necessarybefore the advent of social media that facilitated bonding (Knapp,Vangelisti & Caughlin, 2014).
P2:Social media encourages a high level of anonymity hence, a personcan pretend to be someone he/she is not, and it is extremelydifficult to confirm someone`s identity on social networking sites.Social media also offers individuals a large selection of potentialfriends to choose from meaning that a user will spend more timetrying to interact with different kinds of people instead of growinga single interpersonal relationship(Knapp et al., 2014).
Accordingto the first premise of the counterargument, social media does notallow the participants to have any amount of physical contact. Themessage conveyed by this premise is that physical contact isimportant for people to form strong bonds. On the other hand,according to the second premise, social media allows the participantsto hide their identity. The point being conveyed by this premise isthat authenticity is crucial if participants are to share ideas. Thetwo premises challenge social media’s tendency to discouragephysical contact and its encouragement of anonymity to come to theconclusion that it does hinder interpersonal communication.
Thepoint of contention between my argument and a possiblecounterargument is the misunderstanding on whether or not morefriends mean stronger interpersonal bonds. Additionally, the secondpremise of the counterarguments raises the question of what isimportant between faster spread of information and the genuineness ofthe message conveyed.
Accordingto those opposed to my arguments that social media enhancesinterpersonal relationships, high number of friends does not meansthat a person can only spend only a few minutes on each at a timehence, at the of the day one will not be able to bond with even oneof them. According to Rose(2015), peopleare spending so much time maintaining superficial connections onlineinstead of “dedicating enough time or effort to cultivating deeperreal-life relationships.”
Knapp,M. L., Vangelisti, A. L., & Caughlin, J. P. (2014). InterpersonalCommunication & Human Relationships.Pearson Higher Ed.
Rose,J. (2015). Is technology making people less sociable? Accessed onApril 3, 2017.https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-technology-making-people-less-sociable-1431093491
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