30 Minus 2 Days of Writing
Or as I like to refer to it... the OMG are you an idiot for agreeing to do this writing challenge? See the other
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Texting is slowly replacing conversation and while it is convenient it has innate problems for our society.
I text, usually to keep in contact with family members, tell them I love them, remind them of things, check in on my kids. The problem with texting is that kids today text more than they actually talk to each other.
This is a problem because it is keeping kids from learning how to converse and communicate effectively with people.
When you text people you cannot see their facial expression, body language, they cannot hear the inflection in your voice. And if they interpret your message incorrectly it can lead to misunderstandings. Whenever I see my kids texting about something important I always tell them CALL the person! Do not have important conversations via text. But in a society that embraces the easy & convenient way, we are raising a generation of kids who are lacking in the basic social skills we learned prior to the boom in technology.
I work in a senior high school. Part of my job as a speech therapist is to teach appropriate social skills to my students who lack the innate knowledge that the average student learns through normal language development. When I listen in the hallways from time to time and hear some kids as they try to talk with teachers, I am appalled. It is not just the "special ed" kids who could use instruction in social communication.
There is no easy answer here.Technology will continue to advance and people will continue to text. I just hope that people remember the importance of conversation and talk to their kids.
In everyday life it is becoming harder and harder for families to sit down regularly for a family meal, but when they do I hope the use that time to talk. That's the only way children learn HOW to initiate and maintain a conversation.