One of the problems I see with social media, is that people tend to 'friend' and 'get friended' by merely people with the same interests, moral values, political views, etc. Which definitely narrows a person's view on the world, as they sort-of hide away from any real discussions, debates, dissenting opinions and the like by doing so. I think everyone needs to get confronted with other views and opinions once in a while, if only to be able to form your own a little better. What's left of any a genuine discussion when all you get is your 'friends' clicking 'like' on your FB page at whatever you post?
I think its more than hiding-away (which means the stimulus for discussing still is there within oneself - which is after all what one is hiding/running away from). What I feel is the stimulus to discuss will itself begin to lack soon enough, if it isn't already lacking, because one's whole universe will be based on one's personal likes and dislikes alone. So there would be no need to take an objective view of life and the world when your subjective view will always be fulfilled by the friends on the internet, by you 'choosing' to do what you want (and you always choosing not what you need but what fills your personal appetite, your particular tastes and vanities). Which means the personal universe of a man will become his whole universe. And worse, he wouldn't feel the need to know more when his emotional, mental and physical (with home delivery) needs are taken care of.
I already see this trend in kids, because if these little cretins are faulted or told to do the right thing, you can see they don't like it. They get angry and want to have their way. They are used to it. So if they can't have it here in the world, they'll go where they can have it in peace. In a sense, retire into new age media of internet, text messages, and videogames where each of these little cretins is a bigheaded 'star'. And parents would soon be reduced to the role of being agents who get the food and keep the house where they stay. Its dangerous us adults don't know how to handle the nippers.
Also... might just be me, but with nearly everyone being sort-of glued to their mobile phones nowadays, I also sense a diminishing in interest, or even awareness of the people around them, sometimes even adding up to situations which I consider 'rude'. I notice cashiers at the supermarkt not even getting any greeting from customers anymore, because said customers are too busy yapping in their phones or updating their FBs.
I never got it why people are so glued to their phones. I thought of two reasons though:
One, I feel is that looking at the phone is also like putting on goggles or listening to your i-pod: a subtler form of escape from society into your own shell.
Two, for those who actually update status on FB and TwTr from moment to moment, its just infatuation.
Or the worst case I ever came across: an attorney, in a train packed-to-the-rafters at rush hour, explicitely and loudly discussing a client/case with her phone, and it went on for a rather long period. As if the world around her didn't even exist anymore - not to mention, as if her client would approve of his/her case being yapped about in a full train compartment.
Interestingly, I believe when the phone wasn't as ubiquitous as it is now, most people might have thought twice before engaging their private conversations in public. But nowadays, I hear people who are in one particular place unabashedly lying about their location or activity to the ones on the phone.
Of course the internet and social media have plenty of good things to offer as well but I think we just should not close our eyes for its disadvantages to social interaction in Real Life just the same.
Its dangerous to think what will happen ten years from now. So many interesting hypothetical scenarios come up. Stuff for those writing Sci-fi. I personally think the nippers in today's world, if unchecked by morals (though I prefer something else) or good thoughts/ some guiding light - might just be 'happy & guiltless' looters tomorrow. Ten years from now will be telling. London raid by the youngsters few months back was only a foreword.