The world has changed in many different ways over the years, both for the positive and negative. One change that stands out to me in a negative way is the lack of communication skills with the younger generation. Although I am a fan of texting due to its convenience, I most certainly still continue to express myself through personal interaction. For kids in our new generation, that is not the case.
Did you know that about 2.5 billion text messages are sent out each day, and that’s only for the US! I am concerned with how the social
skills of our younger generation will be affected by not only communicating through texting but also the online world. Kids are not learning how to talk with people directly as texting and messaging allows you to avoid face-to-face interaction. Almost every time I go out somewhere a teenager might be working, the manners and social capabilities are absent. It makes me wonder if the parents are not paying attention to their children’s social behaviors.
I remember when I was young, my mother would always teach me how to be polite, interact and show courtesy, which falls under the umbrella of social skills. I still to this day have those same manners stuck in my head and have been using them for years. It is so important to drill this into your children at an early age, and now with texting, and social networking making its way to younger children each and every year its becoming imperative. The future for this generation will be completely different in the way we interact and communicate. It makes me sad to see the affects something as simple as texting has taken on vitally important skills.