Monday, March 21, 2016

The Ripples of Social Technology (part 1)

The other day I talked with a teen, 15 years old, who had his phone taken away from him as a punishment by his parents. He was telling me he couldn't talk to his girlfriend because he couldn't text her. I asked him if he could call from his home phone, or send her an email, and I was informed that this was “not cool.” When I suggested he try talking to her at school, he looked at me like I was crazy, and told me that he and his girlfriend—of 3 months so far--”usually texted” and didn't talk much. I've been hearing from other parents recently that their kids only text each other, and from what I've seen with my own teen daughter, this does seem to be the norm. Texting does have its merits—it's quick, efficient, and people usually respond quickly. But does the de-personalization of texting and its faceless, “digital wall” socially impact us and the next generation?

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