Text messaging and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are allowing people to communicate with each other from all over the world. Communication has changed with the evolution of technology. People can talk with someone from a completely different country that they have never met with a just few clicks or taps on a screen.
This ability to talk without seeing someone face-to-face has made some people uncomfortable or even unsure of how to act when communicating in-person. We see more and more people that are uncomfortable with communicating in an in-person fashion. They are so used to texting or using social media to meet and talk to different people, that they are losing the ability to do the same in-person. Try to think about it this way – if LeBron James did not continue to hone his skill on a basketball, would he be one of the best to ever play the game? If Tom Brady or Peyton Manning stopped watching film and practicing would they have ever achieved as high as have they have? The answer is no. You have to continuously work on a skill in order to improve upon it.
Working in a school system for several years, I could see it more so than ever in middle schoolers. They have, generally, only communicated with each other outside of school through technology, and do not know how to hold a conversation when they see each other in the hallway. These students also do not know how to interact with adults. They aren’t taught to maintain eye contact or to listen before responding. Taking it a step further, these students do not communicate well through formal written communication either. As a teacher, I saw students not know how to write complete sentences or would use abbreviations when writing formal papers for a class. In my opinion, this is due to the extensive amount of communication that is done through texting and/or social media.
This is not to say that all people or students are like this. That would be an unreasonable generalization about people who possess the skill to communicate in-person. It all depends on how much time and energy each individual puts into honing their ability to communicate.
– Drew Miller