Such is life
We all know someone who answers their emails as soon as they hear them pinging, update their facebook and twitter accounts every few minutes and insist on letting us see what they had for dinner. The newest ailment is Repetitive Stress Injury Known as Texting Thumb. Ask any teenager and they will tell you they could not survive without their phone.
There is no doubt that their great advantages to all the new technology such as been able to see our family abroad on Skype as oppose to just hearing their voices and been able to contact family at a touch of a button. It is the effect it has on our social skills that worries me.
Messaging is probably the one that can affect people’s social skills the most. When online you are protected by the screen in front of you and could behalf way across the world to whoever you’re communicating with. People can say whatever they want something they probably wouldn’t say in person. Our world has become so polluted with the Internet; we fail to even notice it anymore. We have instead grown accustomed to seeing less of each other, and instead commenting on posts and blogs.
Some disadvantages that can also be found from using online means of messaging is cyber bullying .Lack of face to face communication makes it easier to misunderstand or misinterpret what is been said. Once something is out there you can’t take it back. Unfortunately, this feature of online socialisation cheats people of the opportunity to learn how to resolve conflicts in the world outside the Internet and it could retard or cripple ones social skills developments. There is nothing worse than sitting down to a meal with people and someone constantly texting at the table; it is time restaurants ban the use of phones on their premises. Life was a lot easier when apples and blackberries were fruit.