The Anti-Social Generation
Remember when you were younger and wanted to hang out with your friends? You’d wake up in the morning, walk over to a friend’s house, and knock on the door to see if he or she were home. These days, if you show up at someone’s house unannounced it’s almost considered rude. What about having a conversation? You called a person on the phone (remember landlines?) to hear his or her voice! On the phone, you would decide where to meet, show up at a set time, sit down, and converse face-to-face.
Today, seems like the kind of communication described is almost a thing of the past. If you talk to somebody, you text them or message them on FaceBook. Why bother going to see someone in person if you can video chat through your smartphone, or with a webcam on your computer? Although there are plenty, excellent uses for these kinds of technology－to ask somebody a question, instantly tell something in words seen on a smartphone, or communicate from long distance－issues arise when technology becomes the go-to method for socializing.
When people become used to communicating through technologies, and real life human interaction becomes less common, what does that mean for the generation growing up with smartphones, and computers as the standard way to carry on a social life? Social anxiety and generally awkward communication habits are more prevalent in today’s youth than years past. When leaving the house and seeing your friends in person becomes infrequent, and kids grow up with a social life that mainly consists of texting, many problems may develop.
Technology can accomplish great things. However, we can’t dependent on it; there are some things that the digital world will not replace, and human interaction should not be limited to text messages. If we want to have a healthy society, and real communities, sometimes we have to close our laptops, shut off our phones, and get out and live in the real world.