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Today society has lost the interest to meet in social places and theneed to engage in social activities Instead people are preoccupied withactivities within social media networks There are a number ofactivities social media users tend to get involved in such as sharingstories photos using applications playing games as well as messagingto communicate with others These activities have taken the place ofthose that were frequently used in the past such as letters and phonecalls Americans have experienced changing trends in how people interactin our society leading to decreased face-to-face social activity Socialmedia sites like Facebook Twitter and MySpace have negative effects onthe users These social media sites lure people into spending more timeon the computer and less time interacting with people face-to-face Mostof these sites offer several time wasting activities that supersede moreproductive activities Most people now spend more time on social mediasites then they do anywhere else Social media sites have changed theway people interact with society resulting in withdrawal from realityand meaningful relationships Today it is quite common to attend virtual events on Facebook byclicking on the going button However that person does not make aphysical appearance at the event Birthdays on Twitter and MySpace areheld by sending virtual gifts and messages to those celebrating Whileall these activities happen online social media users lack the feelingthat they need to accompany their virtual attendances and messages withactual physical engagements A good number of these users know oneanother only on the social media sites but have never met face-to-faceor have met only a few times And while some of them may know each otherintimately they use social media to interact Some users of these siteswake up together work together eat together and go to bed togethereven though they live miles apart and may have face-to-face contact onlya few times a month Jenkins 466 Definitely such people lack a lotof knowledge about the real character of their friends colleagues andfamily Meeting a mate on
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