Face to face communication is a growing problem in today’s society, especially with young adults and children. Because peoples’ heads seem to constantly be stuck in the newest form of technology like their iPhone or Android, they rarely talk to people face to face. As a matter of fact, you’ll find that some people feel awkward making small talk with strangers, or even talking to their “friends” in person.
Over recent years, the internet and texting has really taken off, now with millions of people all over the world using technology as some form of communication simply because it’s an easier and faster method to relay messages to whomever you would like. Studies show that one in three teenagers between the ages of 12 to 17 send at least 100 texts a day adding up to over 3,000 texts in one month. (News Washington and Lee University) This does not include the messages sent on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. All of these sites allow the user behind the screen to instantly message or communicate with their person of interest, whether it is a friend or someone they have never met before.
There are many advantages to staying up to date with technology, but also just as many, if not more disadvantages…especially for people under the age of 18. Some advantages include a quicker way of getting things done. Many years back I would be hand-writing this paper instead of typing it, which could cause problems with lack of spell-check, or legibility. Now that we have computers, typewriting is much easier and more comfortable because of the myriad amounts of ways that it helps. Not only is technology good for writing papers, but also for staying up to date for events like sports practices or games being cancelled, or delayed. Now with the press of a few buttons, a group can be informed of changes within seconds rather than not knowing and showing up at the wrong time.
As mentioned earlier, the main huge disadvantage of people constantly on their smart-phones or computers is lack of communication skills. It is very ironic how we can be so involved with talking to friends or strangers over the internet but when it comes to face to face communication, or even simply talking on the phone, many feel very uncomfortable and avoid conversation to minimize awkwardness between each other. Statistically, it has been concluded that most texting consists of small talk, rarely any important information. (GoodTherapyorg)
Another rising internet issue during recent years is cyber-bullying. Unfortunately, teens and even some adults feel more comfortable bullying and insulting someone from behind a screen, because they know they cannot be harmed back physically. Many things have been done to attempt to put and end to cyber-bullying, but it can never be fully contained. Some states have even made it illegal to bully another person. For instance, “Tyler Clementi, a shy 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman with a passion for playing the violin,...