Social Media and Social Connectiveness

 

 

Do you know and keep in touch with someone living interstate or overseas? And just how do you do this?

Imagine you have a loved one living overseas, which i’m sure many of you can relate to. And imagine if they or you needed to speak to each other and discuss a personal issue. Would you write a letter? A post card? Because if you did it would take months just to have a conversation.

Social media has allowed these conversations to occur instantly. it close the isolation gap in long distance relationships

This aspect of social media has a positive impact on lives

Claim – I don’t think my 22 year old sister and her 24 year old boyfriend would still be going out without social media

Reasons. My sister’s boyfriend was on a volleyball contract  in Sweden for 9 months last year and is now on a 10 month volleyball contract  in Finland since August this year and will stay until May next year. He has had 2 months in Australia in the last 2 years. My sister talks to him on facetime daily. This connectedness keeps them together as they share the highs and lows face to face even though separated for months. His mother is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Australia but he still gets to talk to her once a week on social media. All of this international connectedness would not be possible at an affordable price for young people without social Media

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“ Social media plays a big role in maintaining long distance romantic relationships. It is also the primary reason why these relationships are becoming a lot more common” according Big Think, Natalie Shoemaker.

(Shoemaker, 2017)

Research released from “cyberpsychology, behaviour and social network” also stated that “social media provides social and public contexts in each others lives that would otherwise be limited.”

(Online.liebertpub.com, 2017)

This creates a sense of closeness between both members in the relationship. This is why my sister and boyfriend can maintain their long distance relationship. And way many other long distance relationships can first be established and maintained.
 Claim – I don’t think my 83 year old grandmother would feel as connected to her sister in Wales without social Media

Reasons. My 83 year old Grandmother has one surviving relative besides her husband and children. She lives on the other side of the world in Wales. She is 88 years old and has been desperately ill of late. My grandmother feels close to her still and can provide advice and support cheaply with the aid of social media. Without it, they would both feel isolated from each other.

Again, social media is used as a device to create a sense of cohesion to those who are geographically distanced. I personally have seen my own grandmother’s relationship develop with her sister living in Wales over the past few years due to the more frequent interaction that now occurs.

I’ve noticed how they exchange personal and daily context about their lives. Whenever she speaks of her sister, she now speaks with a tone of glee and satisfaction which she previously wouldn’t have due to a lack of closeness and connection. Thus there was a feeling of isolation without their frequent interaction that social media provides.

Claim – My other grandmother lives in Victoria and has 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She would feel more isolated without social media

Reasons. None of her grandchildren or great grand children live closer than 2 hours away. My grandmother keeps in touch regularly with most of us through social media. This reduces her feeling of isolation and helps her stay in touch with all the happenings of many family groups. Social Media has reduced her feelings of isolation and separation. This is positive

In another article written by Lindsay Burgess from Hellogiggles, Burgess discusses how her partner and herself “use snapchat (a form of social media) to share the everyday moments they used to have in common.   

The cohesion that social media creates is beneficial for all types of relationships.

 

References

Online.liebertpub.com. (2017). The Use of Social Networking Sites for Relationship Maintenance in Long-Distance and Geographically Close Romantic Relationships | Abstract. [online] Available at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2014.0469?journalCode=cyber [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Shoemaker, N. (2017). Social Media Plays a Big Role in Long-Distance Relationships. [online] Big Think. Available at: http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/social-media-plays-a-big-role-in-long-distance-relationships [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

https://hellogiggles.com/love-sex/relationships/social-media-matters-long-distance-relationship | why social media matters so much in my long distance relationship| Linsday Burgess | accessed on 10/11/2017

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