I’ve always believed social media had a unique purpose in the world today. That purpose is more relevant and useful in the business world, not in our personal lives. It’s understandable for businesses to use social media to extend their reach and target potential customers. But when social media steps outside that world, there’s usually very damaging problems. What usually get lost in translation is the (in)ability of a good majority of people in today’s society to separate social media use and appropriate communication between people on a regular basis.
There’s no doubt social media is a convenient form of communicating with people. Like anything that makes tasks and actions convenient, people must avoid allowing overuse of this tool negate what true and traditional communication does for friends, family, acquaintances, etc. There’s topics in conversation that an instant message or text or micro blog post can’t relay no matter how well the people involved in conversation communicate. Too many people use social media to highlight their own image rather than “communicate.”
I don’t think social media was meant to get to know someone or used as a “primary” source of communication. Maybe to have more control over who can communicate with them or vice versa. I’ve seen social media tear friendships and relationships apart more than build them up. There’s just some things that weren’t meant to be changed like the wheel and conventional methods of “conversation.”