How often have you gone out to eat with some friends, and half the time is spent using Facebook on your phone? How often have you texted the person that is in the same place as you? Technology is great and allows us to keep in touch with people we have not seen or heard from in a long time. However, is it dissolving our skills of “actual” human interaction?
Facebook offers a great way to keep tab on all your friends, share your ideas, or just chat away. However you will notice a lot of people use it to communicate everything. Even roommates facebook each other instead of simply going to them and talking to them (I am guilty of this as well). With all this easy exposure to be able to “network” with friends, people become too comfortable with using it as a medium. We get lazy and rely on status posting, or wall commenting to convey our thoughts or conversations.
Twitter is essentially a public forum via your phone. You are not directly texting someone, but posting it in a broad spectrum to allow all friends to chime in on your conversation. For those who follow me, you know Greenhorn and I can get into sports on Twitter. Instead of calling him, or hanging out with him at a venue, we tweet.
Texting is probably the biggest IRL social interaction killer of them all. If we are not comfortable talking about a subject, we text it instead. Sometimes we are too lazy to get up and go tell our roommate we want to grab something to eat, so we text it. Texting has become a part of everyone’s everyday life. It is essential for us to communicate, but like the examples above, we may be relying on it far too much. It could spin out of control into monstrous proportions.
Technology is what makes life easier. Technology in itself is not a bad thing at all, but the overuse of it could have irreparable affects in the long run. We could be teaching a generation that is better to communicate behind the safety of a non-personal venue, as opposed to face-to-face. Key example is XBL. On XBL, how often are you horribly berated? Do you think these same people would say this to you in person? Our dependency on technology could be causing a generation to develop without any personal skills other then how well they can blog, or how fast they can tweet.