Can social media keep a family together?

by Andrew Roach on July 18, 2013

It’s hard to think of a digital phenomenon that has entwined itself into our daily lives as much as social media as most of us use it on a daily basis to keep in contact with friends and family.

We use it so much now to talk to those closest to us that a study by Utah-based Brigham State University has found that families that who interact with each other on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to stick together rather than fall apart.

Aside from younger generations regular accessing their social media profiles, parents are also taking to the sites which can help build and strengthen the awareness of social ties between the generations.

With relationships, events and friendships often immediately publicised on these sites, it makes personal and controversial subjects much more open and easier to talk about with family members.

By preventing these sorts of barriers from hindering communication, family members were found to be much more hospitable to one another on a daily basis.

It’s not just on a personal level though that family members can support each other as they have also provided a strong way to help recognise professional achievements too.

As users can post links to their business or which shows off their achievements on a project, family members can share the information within their own worlds helping parents or siblings support those closest to them when necessary.

Of course, being close in the digital world can have its drawbacks and parents who get too close to their kids online do run the risk of being accused of spying or invading their privacy.

Any such accusations can mean that children could potentially delete their parents off Facebook or Twitter hindering the potential social development further down the line.

Despite there being the potential for digital alienation between the different generations, it seems that social media has managed to provide new ways for families to connect with each other on new levels.

And if this trend manages to continue, then it could completely change the way we see and use digital communication years down the line.

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