What Adolescents Miss When Us Grow Up In Cyberspace Analysis

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In “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow up in Cyberspace, Brent Staples argues that as teenagers are using the internet for more of their social interaction, they miss out on real world experiences that help transition teenagers to adults. Staples provides examples from his own personal experience and studies that support his thesis. I agree with Staple's claim to an extent that teenagers are losing crucial social skills from interacting over a screen rather than actual face to face interaction. An important part of human interaction is reading emotions. Many will argue that interacting over a computer is the same as talking face to face, but based on personal experiences I don’t believe it has the same effect. When someone texts me if I’m feeling good, I could say sure and they would totally believe me. In person, I would say I’m doing fine, but they could tell if I’m lying or not based on my facial expressions. This is a crucial skill for teenagers to learn while transitioning into adulthood. Being able to read emotions has the ability to develop skills needed to create strong connections and relationships. These relationships are important to develop in the workforce with collegues and other co-workers. Teachers can tell a…show more content…
I agree with Staples to an extent that teens are losing crucial skills needed to transition into adulthood. While I do agree that screen time shouldn’t replace face to face interaction, technology does have it usefulness. Technology has connected millions of people around the world and gave us access to endless information. It is constantly evolving, so it is important to keep in the mind that screen time cannot replace face to face interaction especially for teens that transitioning into adulthood. The internet has become apart of everyday life, so it important to take a break and live in the
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