Essay Social Media As A Social Hub

1142 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
With the recent introduction of the internet, people from all over the world are able to interact with each other. A person from the US can communicate to someone across the globe in mere seconds. And some social media websites, like Facebook or Twitter, promote social interaction between users and provide an environment where strangers can more comfortably acquaint and befriend with each other. Social media serves as a social hub for large number of users promoting greater community engagement but less privacy and personal relations. With more and more users joining and using social media websites, personal relationship within groups are becoming more difficult. The basis of most groups on social media is social category. Social media sites “’allow individuals to meet strangers’ with common interest,” (Clemmitt 93) which attracted many users. This prompts in-groups to form within social media sites, groups whose members are loyal and respectful to each other. According to data collected byStatista, “about half the US American population, or 152 million Americans,” (Clemmitt 89) uses Facebook at least once a month. As more people enter a group, “their intensity decreases and stability increases.” (Giddens 119) The small secondary groups in these social media sites begin to accrue more members and soon it transforms into an organization. As the number of members increase, the number of possible relations grows at a faster rate. According to Simmel, the sheer number increases…

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