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Social networking has both positive and negative effects on human relationships. Although on the one hand, it is putting us at risk of living in a bubble, isolated, it is also making it easier to access and stay in touch with our loved ones. Research, such as that by Lloyd et al. has suggested that Facebook has a negative impact on social relationships among students and enables them to avoid direct contact so they can isolate themselves (Vladlena 7). Furthermore, evidence also suggests that social networking serves as a distraction, thereby affecting academic life (Vladlena 7). Social networking is hampering the very development of our ability to understand social cues. For instance, an article by the New York Times points out that today’s youth are missing out on experiences that help in understanding emotional nuances, develop empathy and read social cues like body language and facial expressions (Stout para xvi). This is because we develop these cues when we actually have face to face conversations.