The problem, of course, is what's lost when that chit-chat goes. Developmental psychologists studying the impact of texting worry especially about young people, not just because kids are such promiscuous users of the technology, but because their interpersonal skills — such as they are — have not yet fully formed. Most adults were fixed social quantities when they first got their hands on a text-capable mobile device, and while their ability to have a face-to-face conversation may have eroded in recent years, it's pretty well locked in.
When the apology takes place over the phone rather than in person, the visual cues are lost, of course, but the voice — and the sense of hurt and contrition it can convey — is preserved.
Habitual texters may not only cheat their existing relationships, they can also limit their ability to form future ones since they don't get to practice the art of interpreting nonverbal visual cues. Parents ask me what they can do to improve their children's language skills. I tell them to talk with them, not AT them, but WITH them. Do I text? Of course - I have teenagers, but when we need to actually have conversations, we sit together and talk the old fashioned Is Texting ruining our conversation? Yes I think so.When one Texts, they lose complete, or near complete, focus around them. What is appropriate and funny when said could become not so appropriate in the time it takes to type it because something else could have happened and the Texter not relied it.Also I believe that Texting is ruining our language in terms or slang words and how things are written.
But what about children growing up as dependent on gadgets as this next generation seems to be? What happens to the development of those skills They don't know how to handle conflict face to face because so many things happen through some sort of technology. "Another thing I'm noticing is they may have trouble initiating interactions, those small talk situations. They don't have as...
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