Is Social Networking Diminishing to Society’s Day to Day Social Skills?

Not only has the internet brought about profound transformation concerning the business, public information, and in the media, but it also has completely revolutionized communication and personal contact as we know it. Social networking has become one of our main ways of communicating interpersonally because there are now so many different ways to do so. Large companies use the most common social networking websites and tools like in order to catch the attention of millions instead of just hanging a sign outside their shop. The amount of people in the world using these websites has now flourished rapidly, starting with a few users corresponding globally in their spare time to a phenomenon that engages the constant attention of tens of millions of users.

As far as communication goes, people used to take delivery of information to one another from the far reaches of the world by pony express, by steamboat, by railroad, or even by missiles and motorcycles. Today, not only does standard mail only take a couple of days to arrive, but it is also possible to send messages to one another almost instantaneously on the World Wide Web.

On the internet, it is also possible to create public social networking websites free of charge. It has become possible to send updates via your mobile device now as well. What this can mean is that even though you may not have access to a computer, any person that is online is still able to see your most recent twitter update or mobile photo if you so desire it. Does it not seem like everyone you know has a “MySpace” to keep in touch with family and friends, or they have a “Face book” to play games on? There are so many. Twitter is a form of “microblogging” where you can either log on to your account with a computer and update it regularly or you have the option of signing up for mobile updates in which you are able to text the information directly to the website. allows you to link to a song or music video and comment about it freely, no pay per view, no shopping at the music store, and waiting to show it off to your friends. You also have the option of allowing your current status, mood, or recent activities to appear to others by posting pictures, links, information, “blurbs” and “blogs” or weblogs. Not only are there several different ways for a person to contact you on the internet, but most people will utilize more than one.

In summation, I would say that there is not only a good side but also a bad side to everything humans have ever created. From the good side’s defensive standpoint, I would say that for some individuals, social networking is the catalyst necessary to get them to speak and interact in good health with others. It has also become beneficial for friends and family members that live long distances from one another and enjoy talking regularly. Online networking entails no worrying about long-distance phone calls on the bill later or having to go out to buy stamps and stationery. However, in the same ways, social networking has become beneficial; it has also been quite detrimental to maintaining our world’s social skills, etiquette, self-presentation, and body language. Is it not more awkward than ever to present yourself with the right handshake or even to smile at a random passerby? Instead of providing a resume and asking to speak with a company facilitator you now apply online. It seems to me that if you are unable to use a computer in today’s world, you are most likely viewed as uneducated, strange, or primitive. It is obvious that communication over the web has brought about many problems that not only conflict with the laws of many countries but also with the values of many families. Some families can no longer enjoy a meal together without their email alert vibrating their phone off the table, someone cannot be alone and bored without updating their friends about it and it is concepts similar to these that show how global social networking can not only be convenient and entertaining but can also be damaging to society and families in many different ways.