East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Does technology make us more alone?

Technology and social media is making our teens even more antisocial. They spend more time on Instagram and Snapchat rather than playing a sport and being physically active.

The more time we spend on our phones the less social we are. Social skills such as communicating are vital for one’s life. Communication is one of the many skills needed in almost all kinds of working environments.

Nowadays most teens own some kind of phone such as Samsung or Apple. Instead of talking personally with someone you simply just send a text message. Most teens rather give each other a quick call rather than meeting up to see each other physically. Teenagers are in fact the ones that should be developing social and communicating skills which are emphasized in many future jobs and careers. Instead they spend more time texting and seeing what people post up on Snapchat instead of getting exercise and socializing openly with other people.

According to CNN, most teens spend an average of nine hours per day on their phones and social media. Experts from CNN research team say that an average teen checks their social media literally a 100 times per day. Teens spend more time on social media rather than exercising for a healthier life.

The fact that many teens say that social media is “socializing” is in fact incorrect. Posting stuff on Snapchat and Facebook is not the same as effective as communicating to other people verbally and physically. In deed communicating with other people verbally has been shown to be effective rather than sending a quick message. When one is texting not much expressions have to be used, meanwhile when one is talking to others personally such as gestures and  body movement is required which helps; the speaker in conveying ideas and opinions throughout an audience.

But what can we do about this? Is there no possible solution for this wide epidemic of “social media attraction” to get our teens to be more effective in communicating and developing social skills that are needed for their future lives and careers? The answer is yes, there is a solution to this.

What teens and parents can do is limit the time that their children use their smartphones for. Find ways to for them interact with other people and siblings, have interesting and effective talks with new people, be friendly and open-minded and be up to listening what other people have to say. Go outside and spend an afternoon playing a sport and exercising for a much healthier life. Spend sometimes outdoors with your friends playing and talking. These are some of the many solution for a better and more effective teen that will develop the skills needed in order to approach the real world.

2 Comments

  • Reply Douglas Campbell November 10, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Consider that “texting” or a “quick call” are indeed means of socialization — as is all communication. When I was in high school 50 years ago, we had only one means of remote communication — the land line telephone. We did use the telephone for “quick calls” because if we used it any longer, our parents would tell us to get off the phone — because the telephone is a community device within the home. But the homework burden was there, nonetheless. As a student athlete, I did not have time for telephoning very much, because homework got pushed into the evening after sundown because of after-school sports. Having time alone to do homework is essential — but having mentors one can call upon when one is stuck in that homework is an advantage. I think that’s the advantage in the modern era that kids did not have in my era — the ability to find out essential data immediately rather than waiting for a trip to the library.

    If anything, the people who are communicating on their own communications devices are spending TOO much time socializing — and not enough time performing the self-reflection and deep thinking which happens when one is alone. 24-7 connectivity kills creativity.

    One can either immediately communicate one’s thoughts to others, or one can write them down, keep them private for a bit, and then, after reflection and modification for better impact, communicate them to others. The first method is the one which will prevent you from getting a job when your would-be employer examines what you have put up in your unguarded moments, while having communications overwhelmingly in the second way may well win you the job, for there are no unguarded moments expressed forever on the Internet. It is also the method that all authors of best selling books use.

    Like

    • Reply MaginAndre November 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I like the fact that you mentioned that connectivity kills creativity; that is a point I forgot to mention in the article. Although, the point I was trying to express throughout the article was that teens are indeed spending TOO much time digitally socializing through means of social media such as Snapchat and Instagram, rather than actively engaging in conversations with other people to develop communication skills, which are by far very fundamental for almost any job. Another important fact I wanted to emphasize on is that teen nowadays spend more time on their phones rather than doing their homework, teen in school take their phones out literally every minute. Phones cause also cause distractions during class and are making teens not develop social communication skill that are going to be needed later on life.

      Like

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s