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Social Media and its effects on Communication Skills

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Transcript of Social Media and its effects on Communication Skills

Background Research
Open Responses
Table of Contents
Our topic will be exploring social media and the effects it has on a teens communication skills.

Our hypothesis is that social media will have a negative effect on a teens communication skills. We think that :

Excessive use of social media will harm the development of the necessary skills need to be able to communicate with others comfortably

Written communication such as grammar or spelling and oral communication such as eye contact will be used less often so teens will forgot how to properly use them

Background Research
Does Social Media effect a teens Communication Skills?
Dulangi K, Alyssa S, Sydnee G
Continuation of Research
We collected our data according to a stratified sampling method

We surveyed a total of 100 students
25 students from each grade (9, 10, 11, 12)
77% of the students' response were between 7-8, meaning that they are very comfortable communicating in real life.
78% of the students' response were between 7-8, meaning that they are very comfortable communicating on social media
Majority of the students spend between 2 - 4 hours on social media.
Majority of the students spend between 2 - 6 hours verbally communicating with friends and family in a day.
Results (Continued)
Time on Social Media vs Comfortability Communicating In Real Life
Time Comm. w/ Friends and Family vs Comfortability Communicating on Social Media
For both graphs, the correlation is very weak, therefore there is no relation between the variables.
Open Responses
*3 Students did not respond to questions
*4 Students did not respond to questions
How do you think social media has affected your grammar and spelling skills?
Do you think that spending a certain amount of time on social media has a negative or a positive effect on your communication skills?
With the responses for the first question, most of the answers were divided. Many said that it has affected their grammar and spelling skills because they end up using abbreviations and slang words when they shouldn't be or forgetting how to spell because they rely on autocorrect. At the same time, some said no for reasons such as the use of abbreviations helping them to write notes quicker.
For the 2nd question, from grades 9-11, the answer varied Some said it had negative effects for reasons such as being less social in real life. Some said positive because they do get to meet more people and they do become more social, and some said both. For grade 12's, a majority of them said negative because they did feel that they were less social and shyer when talking face to face.
Works Cited
Since we are only surveying one gender, we will not see the difference between the effects on the male vs. the effects on the female population
Another bias is that every person is individual so the results will not always fall in to line with what we expect.
We will only be surveying 25 students from each grade and this will not necessarily represent everyone
People Try Living Without There Phone
Our hypothesis did not match our results and this is because:

Every person is different so it really depends on who you are and how well you can balance the two
Some people are more social online than in person.
Some people are more social in real life but not active in social media
And some people are very social in real life and enhance these skills online
There are a variety of reasons because we are all different
Social media is becoming a vital tool for daily social interaction. It creates opportunities for people to interact with each other in the way that is both helpful and essential to socially motivate people.

Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication? (Forbes article)

7% of communication is based on written or verbal word. 93% is based on nonverbal or body language.

Studies show that these generations which will comprise
more than 50% of the workforce by 2020 – would prefer to use instant messaging or other social media
than stop by an office and talk with someone.

There has been a shift in the way we communicate; rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication
,” he says. “We’d rather e-mail than meet; we’d rather text than talk on the phone.” - Paul Booth, PhD, an assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the
College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago

According to Booth, studies have shown that people actually are becoming
more social and more interactive with others, but the style of that communication has changed so that we’re not meeting face-to-face as often as we used to.

Survey conducted on
2,277 American adults 18-24 year olds sent/received an average of 109.5 text messages per day 3,200 text messages per month.

Findings that individuals consider face-to-face interaction the most effective and preferred means to communicate a resolve conflicts with others.

A study conducted for online casino
Yazino found that one in four people spend more time socializing online,
via sites such as Facebook and Twitter, than they do in person.

The study also found that even when there is an opportunity to see people face-to-face, on weekends for example,
up to 11% of adults still prefer to stay at home and communicate on their devices instead.
Drussell, John, "Social Networking and Interpersonal Communication and Conflict
Resolution Skills among College Freshmen" (2012). Master of Social Work
Clinical Research Papers. Paper 21.

Fowlkes, Jasmine. "Viewpoint: Why Social Media Is Destroying Our Social Skills." USA
TODAY College. USA Today, 11 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

Keller, Maura. "Social Media and Interpersonal Communication." Social Media and
Interpersonal Communication. Social Work Today, May-June 2013. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

Tardanico, Susan. "Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication?" Forbes. Forbes
Magazine, 30 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

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