Social Networking Influences Real-World Relationships According to Schools.com Infographic

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A new infographic from Schools.com explores online social networking and how it shapes personal connections offline.

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Regardless of how people connect, they can use social media as a way to maintain real-life friendships. The online world allows them to share good news, plan events with friends and stay in touch.

Schools.com, a digital resource for education, recently published, “Is social media making us socially awkward?” an infographic that investigates how social networking online affects relationships and interactions offline.

According to a new study from Badoo, 39 percent of people surveyed spend more time socializing online, and 20 percent actually prefer communicating online or via text message instead of face-to-face.

“It is fascinating to see people gravitate toward social media as an accepted form of communication,” shared Michelle LaFrance, spokesperson for Schools.com. “The time we spend connecting via mobile devices, while not face-to-face, allows us to expand our social interaction because they can be used anytime, anywhere.”

While many people use social networks to share with friends, 24 percent of people surveyed by Badoo reported missing an important real-time event during an attempt to share the moment online.

The ease and speed of connecting online may lead to friendships that appear superficial. Conversely, offline friendships may seem deeper and more genuine. However, research shows that online social networking can help boost confidence, facilitate new friendships, re-establish old connections and even strengthen relationships with people outside the social networking sphere.

“Regardless of how people connect, they can use social media as a way to maintain real-life friendships,” continued LaFrance. “The online world allows them to share good news, plan events with friends and stay in touch.”

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