Is Social Media Making People Anti-Social?
Everyday, millions of people go online to chat and share things they find interesting, but a staggering number of people no longer communicate face to face and a lot don’t even know how to without the use of their phones or gadgets.
Why are we communicating less in person? Is it because we have fully adapted to the social media age? Or is it simply that we no longer know how to?
Over the years I have witnessed a drop in face-to-face communication. I have seen people sitting in social environments with their heads in buried their phones. Is this mental illness, I often wonder, or is this a new age of communication? An age where nobody talks to each other unless it is via some gadget.
I have seen people go to visit others – like grandparents etc. – and ignore them completely for whoever or whatever is on their phone. This is an epidemic among, not just young adults, but children too, and if this continues we will see a generation of people who do not know how to communicate with other humans and society will devolve into a primitive state.
We must encourage our children to use these gadgets less. We must also practice what we preach!