Social media has drastically changed the mechanisms and manner in which individuals communicate. Furthermore, it has shifted our ideas of community.
Now, on one hand, the internet allows us the ability to interact with others instantly despite being physically separated over vast distances. However, the argument has and continues to be made that social media has caused a lapse in actual socializing, one in which individuals substitute virtual screen interaction (via smartphone, computer etc) for time that had previously been spent outside the friendly confines of one’s home with friends and family.
In essence, why should you or I take the time and money to make plans with each other to meet for a meal or activity, when we can maintain a connection online?