Personal Interaction Takes a Back Seat to Technology

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Personal Interaction Takes a Back Seat to Technology Human nature dictates a primal need for personal interaction. Just as animals form packs and herds as a natural instinct for survival, people require a personal connection in order to thrive socially, emotionally and intimately. However, advancement in technology, especially over the last ten years, has created a significant adverse effect on how we communicate with one another. Social media, email, text messaging, instant messaging and videoconferencing have become increasingly popular venues of communication particularly among young adults. As a result, this generation's interpersonal skills are rapidly diminishing with the influx of gadgets. Although some believe the benefits of…show more content…
These staggering statistics indicate that people are substituting their interpersonal relationships for virtual ones. Unfortunately, the absence of in-person communication “hasn’t come without cost” (Lickerman 2010). Social media has significant consequences across all demographics. First, children are more distracted due the amount of media they utilize simultaneously. Multi-tasking is common among children. Often, children can be seen text messaging and listening to music on their IPod, while doing their homework. Results of a panel discussion by the NYU Child Study Center identify that 80% of adolescents have access to at least one type of social media. Furthermore, 54% of teens communicate through text messaging, sending over one hundred text messages each day. In the same light, children participate in bullying through social media, “because it’s harder to have empathy for your victim when you’re not face-to-face with him or her.” (Diaz, Evans, and Gallagher). Next, young adults are the most proficient and hyper-connected technologically in comparison to other generations. Raised in a time of information overload, these young people prefer text messaging a friend instead of meeting for lunch or going to a movie together. This generation develops relationships through cyber communication to, “provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship” (Turkle 2012). Simply said, millenialls have a “thirst for
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