It is no secret that technology is popular among society today, and even I have fallen ill to the plaque of technology. It wasn’t long ago when people lived without cell phones or computers. They were able to build useful social skills by being forced to communicate verbally with each other. I fear that future generations will not have the social skills that our world has known since the beginning of man-kind. Is this transition to technological communication an inevitable disintegration of social skills? How exactly does technology put a damper on the ability to socialize verbally?
It is frightening to see how younger and younger people are receiving cell phones. I have personally seen and 8 year old child receive a blackberry smart-phone for her birthday! What do 8 year old children need cell phones for? It is understandable that parents get their teenage children cell-phones because it is easier to get a hold of them and know where they are, but lets get serious; teenagers use their cell-phones for a lot more than that. Texting has become the most popular form of communication for teenagers and young adults. It is even proven that the “texting slang” has magically appeared in students writings in school. If teenagers are not texting, they most likely have a Facebook account, where they chat with friends, meet new people, and much, much more. The creation of social skills begin at a young age and continues to get better as you get older and practice those skills. We are giving our children technology to communicate at younger and younger ages, so what can we expect?
Technology is designed to make our lives easier. We can text an important message to someone quickly, we can look up weather, traffic, maps, restaurants, etc., we can order pizza online to be delivered, we can make purchases online and get it shipped to our residence, but we get all of this for an immense cost. We as humans have become lazy. We’re too lazy to call and order pizza because ordering it online is easier, we’re too lazy walk inside the bank to deposit a check because using the 24-hour drive through ATM is easier. Not only is it laziness, but society has increasingly wanted to avoid interactions with others. We want to get our car washed but we don’t want to deal with anyone so we go to an computer-operated car-wash. The combination of all the above factors ultimately leads to the disintegration of valuable social skills.
Innovation of technology is great for the economy, but we must moderate our use of the technologies we use! We must continue to teach our youth to socialize without technology. Something has to be done or society will truly change in a negative way, as it already has!