Is Social Media Bringing Us Together or Pulling Us Apart?

Lauren and Eesha disagree on technology’s effectiveness of communication.


In the age of technology, social media is an accessible method of communication, connecting hundreds upon thousands of people ranging from your neighbor to someone living across the world. But is social media really bringing us together, or is it responsible for tearing relationships apart? 



Social media might first seem like it helps foster relationships with instant communication through DMs, stories, posts, and more. But it is clear social media is becoming a platform that does quite the opposite.

Users can post virtually whatever they want, with little regard for accuracy. By hiding behind a screen, people feel comfortable sharing even their most controversial thoughts with a large audience, something they would likely not feel comfortable doing in person. 

Inflammatory posts can lead to extreme polarization, and not just on the internet. As Eli Pariser, author of “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You”, said in Vox, “Where I live and who my friends are and what media I consume all shape what I see, which then shapes decisions I make about what media I consume and where to live and who to be friends with.” 

Not only does constant conflict take place online, but social media has a well-known reputation for being extremely fake. Users can post fake or edited pictures of themselves just to garner attention through likes and comments. As an article on Odyssey puts it, “We become so fake with one another that it’s hard to distinguish who’s real and who’s not.” 

How can users form relationships online when they aren’t guaranteed honesty from the person they’re communicating with? The ability users have to put up a facade online allows fake relationships to form, and real ones to fall apart.



Although social media has gained a negative reputation for tearing us apart, at its core, it brings people together. Social media helps people stay in touch regardless of distance or busy schedules. 

Social media provides a platform for old friends or family to connect. People with family across the world or friends who they have not seen in a long time can see what they are up to on social media. This aids people in staying up to date on each other’s lives and maintaining communication between each other. 

Communicating online is also easier for many people. Social media can be a tool for those who might be unable to connect with others as easily in real life. As HelpGuide states, “Social media enables you to find vital social connection if you live in a remote area, for example, or have limited independence, social anxiety, or are part of a marginalized group.” 

Ultimately, social media’s impact depends on how it is used. Users have control over how social media affects them. Although its power can be abused, it can also be harnessed and turned into something beneficial.