Shebanova talks about the social changes in the globalized world and illustrates how these changes affect the socialization process. Various aspects of human existence and social mechanisms have changed drastically as a result of globalization processes (Shebanova 80). Agreeably, modern society is determined by increased use of modern means of communication such as the internet and mobile telecommunication systems. This article concentrates more on the communication relevance, interpersonal communication, and communication means in the contemporary world. According to Shebanova (p.80), interpersonal communication refers to interaction that is “based on various emotional states and psychological patterns”. With the advances in communication technology, modern people tend to engage in virtual communication instead of interpersonal communication. She concludes that the value of internet and mobile communication in the modern world is in their demand for business relationships and also for the realization of need in interpersonal communication (Shebanova 80).
Indeed, this article adds value to my research since it covers various issues related to my research topic. For instance, the article points out the effect of technological advances especially in communication on interpersonal communication. Moreover, it explores how virtual or mediated communication has taken over interpersonal communication in modern societies. It is undeniable that technology has really changed almost all aspects of people’s lives including the way they communicate and interact with each other. With advances in communication technology, communication has become more complex and the traditional interpersonal communication has been revolutionized to mediated communication. Back then, there was no telephone, no internet, communication was extremely personal. Actually, individuals had to speak with each other face to face to be able to communicate something. However, the emergence of virtual communication system has really changed the nature of human communication. Communication among societal members has become less personal and there is no facial expression in today’s virtual communications. Therefore, this article is of great importance to my research.
Social Networking and Its Side Effects on Teens
Moreno’s article acknowledges that Social Networking Sites (SNS) play a leading role in the lives of today’s teens. Today, most teenagers have an access to internet and so a good number of teens have a social networking site profile which they use to post and share their personal information, pictures, audio, and personal descriptions among others. More so, social networking sites allow their users to communicate with each other through emails, and instant messaging and so on. According to Moreno, SNS present both benefits and risks for the users. SNS helps to increase individuals’ self-esteem. There are also some cases where teens use SNS to offer necessary support to their peers (Moreno 567). On the contrary, there are many risks resulting from adolescents’ profile content because the contents displayed on social media can be copied and distributed thereby putting the life of the user at risk following increased cases of online sexual predation and cyber bullying (Moreno 567). Moreno concludes that SNS are very popular in modern societies and they have various benefits and risks to the users.
This article adds value to my research topic given that it exhaustively discusses social networking sites, teenagers as users, and the potential benefits and risks of these sites. Agreeably, social networking sites have greatly affected the lives of many people in today’s society especially that of teenagers. SNS have enabled teens to freely interact online and share ideas and information with their peers. Teens have been able to join virtual community and be active in sharing ideas and meeting new friends. More so, teens who are SNS users have used these sites as an arena for organizing beneficial activities such as beneficial forums and support groups for their peers who have problems. However, SNS have also been a bad influence to many teenage users. That is, some teenagers have become addicted to chatting online and have given little attention to other important activities such as learning, spending quality time with their families, and engaging in physical activities among others. Nevertheless, teens who are using SNS especially those who post important personal information put their life at risk because there can be stalked, bullied or sexually harassed. Therefore, Moreno’s article is very useful to me as it covers and presents relevant information related to my research topic.
Moreno, Megan A. Social Networking Sites And Adolescents. Pediatric Annals 39.9 (2010): 565-568.
Shebanova, Irina. Interpersonal communication value in globalizing community. LIMES 3.1 (2010): 80.