Negative Effects Of Electronic Communication

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Electronic communication is affecting young teen’s social skills world wide which, will affect future performance during adulthood. How are young teens supposed to polish and perfect much needed face-to-face social skills if they rely on digital friendship? Even teens grades have dropped from excessive time spent on social media and texting. “In his article The Effects of Social Media on Teenagers, Chris Crosby bemoans this negative impact on teenager 's social skills and alludes to evidence to back it up. According to him, "Various reports suggest that about eighty-three percent of American youth use their phones for email, mobile internet, and texting [...] Researchers have found that the middle- school, high school, and college students who used Facebook at least once during a 15-minute period get lower grades overall.” Not only that but, young teens are becoming socially impaired, unable to detect certain social cues. “According to clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, the time teens are spending on texting and online communication means they are missing out on developing critical social skills. By communicating mostly through a media site, they are not learning how to read body language, facial expressions, or vocal inflections. They may not even be able to formulate a response in real time when interacting with people.” Electronic communication is sapping away teens ability to recognize social cues and formulate a response quickly and smoothly during
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