New Media Effects on Connectedness


The paper examines social connectedness that can be achieved through the use of the New Media. It focuses on the quality of such connectedness and especially on its psychological effects on social media users as derived from research worldwide. The paper also examines the paradox of social media exclusion of the individual from the fullest kind of communication i.e. physical communication; whereas the New Media offer the revolutionary tool to connect, nullifying space and time, the visual signal that passes through a computer hardly substitutes physical presence. Finally, the need for users and especially teenage users to be educated in using social networking is highlighted.

Dr Niki Menelaou