Technology and Social Skills

Jan 25/15

Technology and Social Skills                                                                      

Are young people losing the ability to read?

On the website Human Kinetics there is in excerpt from a book (shown below) I think it relates to this subject.

I find it so sad when I see people sitting in restaurants eating their meals and playing on their phones and not talking to each other.  People are always so proud to state how many followers they have on Tumblr or Facebook but how many of these people can they truly call close or good friends?  It will be interesting to observe the current high school generation and generations to come as they move on in life and move on into the working world and see if they are able to manage social skills when person to person interaction is required in a sensitive manner.  Will they be able to manage conflict when it’s face to face and not over cyberspace?

The book sounds interesting; too bad it’s so expensive.

“With the proliferation of technologies that are able to overcome the obstacles of time and space (e.g., airplanes, cars, the Internet), one would think that these tools would be used to gain an understanding of other cultures, meet people all over the world, maintain and strengthen familial relationships, communicate effectively with others, and help people to become more socially adept. However, some technological advances cause people to be distracted, overly stressed, and increasingly isolated. Many people are involved in an abundant number of relationships through technology, but sometimes the quantity of these associations leaves people feeling qualitatively empty. Obviously, technology has had a profound impact on what it means to be social.”

Human Kinetics. (2015, January).Technology can have positive and negative impact on social interactions. Retrieved from:  http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/technology-can-have-positive-and-negative-impact-on-social-interactions

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