Look around at the present American teen culture and you will observe that technology has altered society in almost every aspect. Modern technology has engrossed our society so greatly that a day without our standard use of technology is an atypical day. The youth of today have grown up around the growing rates of social networking, cell phones, and virtual communication. As a result, Generation Y is facing a lack of physical communication with others, personal issues, and descending social skills. Every time period has contributed to the many forms of communication that society has developed today. “The medium is different, but the drive is the same: the desire to connect with others, explore friendships, delve deeper into one’s emotions, and understand and develop relationships.” (Miller). The discerning of communication will never be final due to the obvious fact that technology is forever thriving (William). Our grandparents grew up around the growth and development of radios, our parents were there when the first TV and telephone was invented, so where does that leave us teens? We are right in the middle of experiencing the outrageously rapid growth of text messaging and Internet usage.
Text messaging and instant messaging were once used to send quick messages to others, today they have evolved into a relative form of interacting with one another. (Cadena) According to the National Survey by CTIA-The Wireless Association® and Harris Interactive, 78% of teenagers own a cell phone (Cell Phone Statistics). Teens have developed their most interpersonal relationships among each other by messaging instead of sharing real intellect and making true friendships face to face. As you can see, the disadvantages of text messaging do not fall too far from the benefits.
Texting is continuing to demote and modify the ways that many teens engage sexually. Many young adults take advantage of the many privileges and possibilities a cell phone permits them. Sending sexual content via text message has become fairly common to the present generation of young adults. As a teenager, I am aware of quite a few young adults who have exchanged sexual content over text message with one another. A 2008 publication by Information Week has revealed that one in five girls out of 1,280 girls, have sent nude photos of themselves online or through text message (Ogard). In parts of the US, this offense has become illegal and is considered child pornography.
Text messaging can also disable teens to express true emotions which can bring disservices to the way they learn to express themselves. Problems like these often take part in emotional and psychological health, such as depression. (Cadena) Depression has become fairly common in young adults and can grow from teens’ miscommunication with one another.
America has become utterly accustomed to text language, which mainly consists of abbreviations and incorrect punctuation usage. Text language should be used mainly or only for text messaging; although many teens fail to acknowledge this concept. Teens have grown so used to their texting language, that they are acquiring it at school. Because of this, many teen’s writing skills are downgrading. Texting language has created laziness and ignorance in grammar and spelling (Sislian).
Most of us are well aware that text messaging is only one of the many popular methods that teens utilize in order to communicate. As I stated before, the Internet has grown excessively notorious to Generation Y. The Internet has given teens the authorization to access anything and everything imaginable while interacting with one another. The world of online is so greatly complex that as I google something, 608,000,000 results are already at my fingertips in just 0.07 seconds. Not to mention, the word google has become apart of our English language today. That goes to show you just how familiar our world has...