"Social science is not a matter of someone doing a study and it becoming unquestionable truth," he said, adding that people's actions will always be a variable in any study.
"Some relationships are formed with social media that never would have been formed without it. Others are alienating in some way by using social media. It's a mix of both."
Cooper said he thinks social media relationships add another layer to our interactions.
"It reminds me of when TV came out. People thought that would wipe out other forms of media, but it just added to the mix," he said.
As much as social media is helpful, Grohol said users should relish in disconnecting from time to time.
"You have to look and ask if the constant updates are enhancing or improving my life. What are they doing for me? Do I really need to be available 24/7?" he said.
"In most cases, the answer is overwhelmingly no."
However, there are teenagers who grow up thinking they do have to be connected constantly because that virtual connection is how they relate most strongly to their friends.
But that constant contact doesn't allow humans to recharge.
"Humans weren't built to be available 24/7. That is why we spend six or eight hours a day sleeping. We need to regroup and unwind where our attention isn't always being demanded by the new Twitter updates that just passed my screen," Grohol said.
For people who feel social anxiety related to their virtual life, Grohol said there is an easy fix.
"In the end, [social media] is just providing as much information as people want to partake in. If it doesn't make them feel good, they could stop checking their Facebook page."
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