Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Laurence Thomas
Professor George Rhinehart
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Philosophy | Philosophy of Language | Social Media
The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluating and understanding the roles of digital media, in particular the mobile phone and the internet, in our interpersonal and societal relationships. Though this paper is essentially grounded in research, drawing from the work of psychologists, cyber anthropologists, philosophers, and professors of communication studies as well as years of personal observations, it should be understood as more of a theoretical rather than research-based primer on the effects of digital media in our everyday lives. While this paper includes various ways digital connections can improve our relationships, it primarily discusses how such communication can threaten the authenticity and meaningfulness of personal connections. It concludes with a few considerations about how people can shape their personal connections to accommodate for ever-advancing technologies and, with digital media, build stronger relationships and more diverse connections.
Liang, Johnny, "How Digital Media Affects the Nature of Social Interactions" (2012). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 131.
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