Team Vans

Team: Becki Bolinger, Cheryl Juliet Joseph, Jay Singh, Sarah Erickson, Juna Skrami


Contact information

Jaspal Singh-

Sarah Erickson-

Juna Skrami-

Rebecca Bolinger-

Cheryl Juliet Joseph-



In this day and age, it is inevitable that people will be on some form of social media. Our team will create a website to post and discuss our digital cultural artifact project on the effects that social media usage has on personal communication and relationships.

Artifact- For our artifact we will create a website. This website will be used as a medium to link to videos we post, article we find helpful, and to help document any information we attain.



October 20

Post final team project page on the website

October 17-November 3

Research all day err day

October 24, 27 (Mondays)

Face-to-face meeting for project planning and execution

October 27

Get website up and running

October 31

Preparation Informal Presentation

November 3

Informal Presentations for Feedback

November 10, 17, 24 (Every Monday)

Face-to-face meeting

November 24

Preparation for presentation

December 1-5

Formal Presentations

December 1-5

Brush up artifact

December 5

Turn in Artifact


Artifact/Project Website:


3-5 Page Statement:

Social Media Usage and Its Effects on Personal Communication and Relationships

As the world’s technology has become more advanced, we have become more dependent on technology. Social media is a form of new media that has revolutionized communications in our business, academic, and personal lives. In fact, social media has had such an impact on our personal lives that it has changed the way we communicate within and form personal relationships. Our group, Team Vans, has created a digital cultural artifact in the form of a blog to show the ways in which social media negatively affects the formation and maintenance of personal relationships and communications.

Our group decided to take the stance highlighting the negative consequences of social media on personal relationships and communications because we are the social media generation. In research done by PewResearch Internet Projects, we see that our age demographic, 18-29, is the most active group on social media. The studies show that 89% of people in this age group are on some form of social media (PewResearch Internet project). This is because throughout most of our lives, we have seen the birth and expansion of social media. From the MySpace madness to the frenzy over Facebook, it is undeniable that social media has grown through the course of our lifetime and has now become a social norm.

While social media does allow us the ability to connect with people both near and far in an efficient manner, we see that people have started to replace face-to-face communication with social media. This is largely due to the fact that when messages are communicated through a social media, they are not as prone to receive judgment. When thoughts are communicated through social media, people who feel anxious in social situations do not feel the pressures of being judged on what they say. As a result, they take more to using social media. With this trend, we see more and more people choosing to work in these less judgmental environments. (I will not say judge-free because we have all seen some intense Twitter wars). This mass movement of people that are reliant on social media to communicate will start losing the ability to maintain real world conversations. These people will also start focusing more on obtaining a mass of friends on social medium, instead of focusing on the friendships they have made in the real world. The result will be that we are less focused on the quality of our relationships and more focused on the sheer quantity we have. So while social media may allow us to connect with more people than ever, it is also pushing us further apart from the people in our physical lives and that is why we believe that social media is posing a negative effect on our ability to communicate and form relationships.

Our obsession with social media has not only changed the way we spend time, but also the way we communicate with one another. Instead of the traditional face-to-face meetings, we rely on technology and social media to convey even the shortest message. The rise of social media is definitely correlated with the lack of face-to-face communication in our society today. The excessive usage of social media has invaded personal spaces from the dinner table that was once the stronghold of family discussion to workplaces within organizations.

Our topic is an important issue to address because most people don’t realize how influential social media is in the formation and continuation of relationships. “It is tempting to become reliant on smartphones and technology, either because of laziness or because it is just easier to text, ping off an email or post something online,” Simon Bucknall, a two-time Britain and Ireland public speaking champion said. “The ability to hold a meaningful conversation remains very important.” While it is more convenient to convey messages simply by shooting an email or a text message, it is also negatively affecting relationships and communication, and most people do not realize how a simple act can make a huge impact on their social lives.

We chose to make a website to present this issue. There is so much information out there about this topic that what we really needed was a way to pull all of it together. A website allows us to post videos and pictures alongside lengthier articles and summaries. Besides just being a way to accumulate information, it’s a simple way to present information in a way that is both visual and written. We found that the kind and amount of information we had to present wasn’t applicable to an artifact like an infographic because it couldn’t display enough information. A website was a way to balance the information that we wanted to present with other kinds of media so that it would be understandable and interesting to the viewer.

All in all, our project successfully portrayed the negative effects of social media and how it has increasingly started to replace face-to-face communication. In accordance to our research and our blog posts, we agreed that the emergence of technology has been really helpful to our generation and it has aided us in moving forward, but at the same time, we believe that it has caused more harm than it has helped. Our blog does a great way of justifying our claim because it gives many scholarly articles and a TED talk and it also incorporates funny comics and prank videos in order to give the viewer a better grasp on the reality of this issue. All of our sources and all of the statistics that we have provided, agree that social media has had a negative effect on creating and maintaining relationships, and we hope that as technological advances continue to be a part of our everyday life, we can change our ways and begin to improve our face-to-face relationships.


“Social Networking Fact Sheet.” Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project    RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.

Butler, James. “Has Technology Killed Our Ability to Have a Face-to-face          Conversation?” Metro Has Technology Killed Our Ability to Have a       Facetofaceconversation Comments., 06 May 2014. Web.


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