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Social media has a huge impact on daily social interaction Some parents are worried their kids dont have the proper skills to carry out an actual conversation because they are on their phones or using social networking cites such as Facebook or Twitter Parents worry that there is nothing to talk about because their kids entire lives are online Should all parents fear the same In the first study Vlahovic explored how different types of communication affect the relationship between the duration of the interaction and the happiness felt afterwards Vlahovic 2012 pg 434 She studied a group of 16 men aged 22-33 and 25 women aged 21-30 This sample was made up of volunteer post-graduates from the University of Oxford The participants were recruited through various social media outlets The participants were of many different races including Hispanic White South Asian etc To test the hypothesis Vlahovic gave her participants a questionnaire as part of a 40 minute face-to-face interview which included questions like who the participant would Seek advice support or help from in times of severe emotional or financial crisis Vlahovic 2012 pg 434 as well as 5 network members with whom they had the most contact over the 2 weeks before this study The participants also provided information on their relationship to the 5 members they chose with an emotional closeness scaled 1-10 Participants also kept a contact diary for 14 days in which they kept track of all the social interaction they had with the 5 network members over 6 different modes of communication face-to-face Skype or video-chat telephone instant messaging texting and email Along with the log they were asked to rate the interaction using 1-5 scale 1 being unpleasant to 5 being very pleasant Vlahovic found that duration of the interaction was a significant positive factor Vlahovic 2012 pg444 for happiness in face-to-face interactions but not for the other 5 communication methods The occurrence of
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