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We are living in a world today full of communication. Communication via social media, that is. “Likes” are something you do on Facebook to show someone you agree with their “controversial” status update, or you think their new profile picture is just SO great. We comment on others posts, follow business we like and even throw in a few “pokes” as a way of cyber flirting.

Twitter is a place to “tweet” what’s on your mind. For some, it’s become somewhat of a journal…only it’s out there for the world to see. Private issues are no longer private because anyone can see them & people “subtweet” which is talking about specific people without mentioning names… C’mon, like we really don’t know who you’re talking about.

These social media networks are becoming extremely popular, but at what cost to old-school face to face communication? “Talking,” or what used to be called “dating,” starts on Facebook or through text messaging. Half of the time that’s where people become acquainted with one another even though they may see each other daily at school.

Social media and texting is like the easy way out when it comes to communicating. You’re less vulnerable when there is a screen between you. I’m even guilty of this at times. I would rather send an e-mail or text than pick up the phone and have a conversation.

Does this new era of technology have an effect on communication skills? Or, does it improve technical abilities and make people more capable of future technological advances?

I think social media is something that is here to stay. It’s important to know how to use it and how it works because that’s what everyone uses these days, including businesses. You will be behind amongst your peers and you’re at a disadvantage in the workplace if you are not familiar with these popular mediums.

At the same time, I do think it puts a damper on communication in person. Individuals seem less comfortable walking up to someone to start a conversation. Some may argue that the separation gives people more confidence to express how they really feel when they may not have in front of a group.

One of my friends said something that really made a lot of sense to me…Imagine what it would have been like if the social era happened in reverse. What if we were able to text people & send messages online to communicate and then all of the sudden, WHOA, we could call them! You go from exchanging words through a screen to HEARING SOMEONE’S ACTUAL VOICE. It’s kinda crazy to think about….

What are your thoughts on social media, texting and how it affects communication skills? I ask you this question as I am using a blog to express my opinion on this issue. Ironic? A little. 

by Hannah Kern


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