Nowadays it’s normal to see college kids walking through campus looking down at their cellphones and ignoring their surroundings. I am guilty of this.
Has being so into our phones while texting and checking our emails changed how we communicate face-to-face? I would have to say yes.
Instead of waiting the extra five minutes to see your friends and tell them the crazy thing that just happened in your engineering class, you have to text or tweet them immediately.
However, by doing that, you end up having nothing to talk to them about once you actually see them. So you both end up looking at your phones to text someone else.
I have done this and am not proud of it. I once texted some exciting news to my friend who then responded by saying that I could have just waited to tell him later, considering I saw him just 30 minutes after the fact. He explained that he prefered face-to-face interaction since conversations that would normally take 10 minutes in person turn into two-hour long text wars over the phone.
I realized that texting also takes up more time than talking in person and that time can be better used for things like learning. Yes, I do mean paying attention during lectures.
While it may seem essential to text in class about the latest gossip about Kim Kardashian, everyone should put their phones down, pay attention and participate in discussions with fellow peers. This truly is a great way to practice communicating effectively.
Lately it feels that so many people can’t hold a normal conversation with friends — let alone strangers — in person. This is due to the fact that so many people can now hide behind their phones and tweet out their thoughts.
Even professors are now into cell phones and communicating via Twitter. But that still doesn’t mean we can forget how to carry out basic communication skills like holding an in-person conversation.
So, my advice is to put down your phones and use your voice to communicate what you need to say. Stop hiding behind the latest technology and use what comes naturally to us all.