Social Media

Does the time teens spend on  social media sites affect their social skills?

Social media- websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

The importance of having face-to-face social skills:

  • If you want to get a job
  • Making new friends
  • Handling awkward situations
  • People misinterpret communication(via text)

Ways it is in good use for:

  • Social media is used for many things like to keep in contact with family/friends and with the world
  • Like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ect.

Teens tend to follow and interact with people who agree with their points of view, so we aren’t getting the same diversity of viewpoints as we’ve gotten in the past. Social connections are not strengthened as much through social media as they are face-to-face, so we don’t tend to deepen our relationships—they tend to exist in the status quote. When we communicate through social media, we tend to trust the people on the other end of the communication, so our messages tend to be more open.

Social Media

Within this topic, social competency is an important ideal that most people strive towards, but there is evidence to support the claims that social media is actually harming people’s ability to interact competently in an offline setting. Studies on the social competency of youths who spend much of their time on social media networks are sometimes very conflicting.

  Studies show that only 7% of communication is based on the written or verbal word. A whopping 93% is based on nonverbal body language.

Indeed, it’s only when we can hear a tone of voice or look into someone’s eyes that we’re able to know when “I’m fine” doesn’t mean they’re fine at all…or when “I’m in” doesn’t mean they’re bought in at all.


  • On The Unidentified they used social media to keep up with the latest news.
  • Kate and her friends used social media to keep in contact with each other.


“There has been a shift in the way we communicate; rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication,” “We’d rather e-mail than meet; we’d rather text than talk on the phone.”

                                          ~Paul Booth


"You are what you share"

                       ~Charles Leadbeater

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