Social effects of social networking sites

Rabab Abdel Rahman Hashim
2020 المجلة المصریة لبحوث الرأى العام  
Over the past years, the various effects of social networking sites (SNS) have drawn attention to their positives and negatives. Through a brief review of 139 Arab and western studies from 2009 to 2019, the positive social effects of SNS represented in facilitating communication with others, maintaining the old social relationships and getting social support. Moreover, SNS help in escaping from social isolation and enhance voluntary activities. A few studies showed that SNS do not pose a threat
more » ... o not pose a threat to marital relationships and help in initiating romantic relationships. However, it was found that SNS reduce users' privacy and social skills, increase the probability of family disintegration, cause conflicts between parents and their children, increase marital dissatisfaction and jealousy. Moreover, using SNS encourages marital infidelity. To contribute to this discussion, we formulated an executive proposal that defines the roles of different institutions and the proposed messages to enhance the positives of SNS and rationalize their negatives. Introduction: 5 Findings: The positive social effects of SNS: some scholars concentrated on the social positive impacts of SNS. By revising the literature in that field, one can classify such studies into: 1-Facilitating communication: The first dimension in that sphere is focusing on communication through SNS in general. Several studies showed that the use of SNS facilitates communication between relatives, friends, teachers and people from different countries. Most respondents of Saudi female university students )84.6%( showed that Facebook and Twitter allow learning about the habits and values of the other nations by facilitating communication with people from other cultures (Al-Shahri and Badry, 2019). The majority of Algerian university students also agreed that Facebook helps them build new relationships inside and outside the country, and explore the cultures and values of other nations (Al-Saeedi and Dhaif, 2015).
doi:10.21608/joa.2020.147790 fatcat:navroxrnazeojdrbjw2ysglqnu