Study: social media does not hurt social relations

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It’s often said that social networks hurt social interactions, but according to US researchers… we’re wrong! Mike Kearney, a professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, thinks that sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram do not affect the time we spend with other people.

“People always think worst of the emergence of technology. But the idea that social networks have a negative influence on social interactions is tenuous, at best,” lhe said.

Professor Kearney has conducted two studies, one short-term and the other long-term, to put his theory to the test. In the first, conducted on 2774 people, he was able to prove that the increasing use of social networks between 2009 and 2011 did not entail a decline in real meetings for those concerned. In addition, the text analysis of 116 adults over 5 days concluded that social networks did not affect their future social interactions.

On the other hand, the researcher believes that those who spend most of their free time on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram have an extra effort to maintain relationships in real life.

“We spend more and more time on the internet and it can reduce the time we spend face to face with other people, but that does not mean that we are in a worse situation than before. We are responsible for what we do with our relationships, whether through social networks or elsewhere,” he concluded.

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Shakes Gilles

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