Electronic devices are making people of my generation now socially awkward because everything from talking to your friend to ordering food is done via an electronic device. On December 3rd, bloomberg.com reported that 8 trillion text messages are sent every year, which is simply staggering. Sure that sounds amazingly technological, but this is not helping us, it is actually hurting us. People are going to lose valuable social skills because they are not talking to people face to face or calling them on the phone, they are just simply typing. Our world is going to become socially awkward if we continue with our device obsessions.
Companies like SNAP, Facebook and Apple are creating technology that will improve the world and make our lives better. I get that! They will provide tools to help us navigate an ever-changing landscape. I am all for the next big thing and its potential positive impacts on the world, but come on people, we need to keep our priorities straight here.
My concern that I want to get across as we embrace and utilize all the great technology, is that people should not become obsessed with the device they use every day and lose the most important connection we have, the human race. Life gets complicated as you go from high school to college and then into the real world. People actually have to go on interviews and talk in person. Instead of answering a question via a text with your favorite emoji, you will have to answer a question on the fly and come up with a reaction in spoken words.