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Decline social Skills due technology

Decline in Communication SkillsMy friends and family are often frustrated with me due to my lack of text messaging prowess and social media usage. I am slowly starting to be converted to the immediacy of the rapid-fire quick communication style that captivates my generation, but I still prefer a face-to-face in-depth conversation over the former. There is something enthralling about being in the moment, maintaining eye contact, and having a gist of how someone is really feeling as they relay the message.

Turns out, there is substantial research documenting how our technology habits have led to a decline in communication skills among our generation. The news is a bit a relief for me because I prefer in-person interaction. Exactly how is the decline in communication skills adversely effecting our daily lives?

Text messaging among our generation is probably the quick messaging medium we interact with most. One source listed the average amount of text messages sent per month by 18-24-year-olds was nearly 4, 000 a month. With all the informal communication there is bound to be some decline in communication skills. Experts say the depth of conversations has declined. People now are more passive in their communication and look to avoid meaningful conversations. Heavy reliance upon impersonal communication has some worried it will hurt our generation’s chances in the workforce.

One of the largest offenses of our generation is the lack of eye contact. Having great interpersonal skills is still the bread and butter of the working world even as the jobs requiring little in-person communication have increased. These concerns are all valid and should be kept in mind when communicating.

Decline in Communication SkillsI remember being relatively new to Facebook and receiving a friend request from someone I had seen before on campus my freshman year. I saw the same person on campus at a later point and they did not speak. I found it odd someone could want to be my virtual friend but would not speak to me in person. I learned this was not an uncommon experience among my group of friends.

Social media has led to the era of virtual relationships. Friends at one time were hard-earned on the playground, on sports teams, or at school. Increasingly we have online friends who we have not spent much time communicating with in person. Scenarios such as the one just mentioned are not so much of a the decline in communication skills and the relative importance placed on in-person interaction, but a shift. People are simply communicating differently.

Social media also has affected how candid people are. With such large platforms and comparatively low consequences, people are saying things they would not normally communicate with strangers. This type of candor is permeating daily communication. The inappropriateness and informality is becoming a concern of the older generation in a workplace setting.

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