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Rachel Heine

English 112

Professor Slanker

25 May 2019

Social Media

Social media is a big topic for anyone living in today’s society, information is spread

daily through social media and people communicate to one another everyday on social media

sites. Social media being in our daily lives is what initially got me interested in this topic and

going even further to learning about its negative effects on people’s social skills. There’s also

this application on iPhones that gives you a record of your weekly screen time and I get

notifications weekly of how much time I’m spending on my phone. The numbers scared me a

little at first and I noticed I spent the majority of time on my phone on social media. Then I

started to wonder what other people’s screen times looked like and how that affects others.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a time period where I didn’t have as easy access to

technology from a very young age. Whereas today children are receiving tablet and phones from

a very young age. This started to make me wonder how this change in technology use would

affect those younger generations social skills later in life. Which leads me to my research

question, how does social media effect the younger generations use of social skills?

Initially I feel that the use of social media poses both positives and negatives to society.

Personally, I see more of the positives because social media has made it easier for me to stay in

touch with friends and family that I don’t see very often. Before even starting to do research, I

think there are still negatives to social media and I think it can affect a person’s social skills. I

believe that there are things that you can personally do to cut down on social media intake and I
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think social media could be a threat to society. And lastly, I am already very familiar with the ins

and outs of social media and how it works so the social media lingo won’t be hard for me to

understand when researching.

After digging deeper into my research question with my proposal I am really motivated

and excited to get started with researching this topic. I hope to learn more about the logistics of

social media and how much time the average person spends on social media and how that

directly effects their social skills. I’m also hoping to learn a little more about the positives of

social media along the way because I am a marketing major and a lot of marketing is done on or

through social media. I think it would be interesting to learn about the positives and negative

impacts of marketing on social media. Another aspect I could bring into my research paper is the

use of food delivery services such as Doordash, and Uber eats and how those effect a person’s

social skills. Although these aren’t technically social media sites I think it could add another

dimension to the paper and make it more interesting.