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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

I wonder about this sometimes:

Nowadays, particularly with younger people, it's much easier to text someone/facebook them than it is to call them or see them in person. Do you think that having a higher proportion of contact via these channels is likely to have a negative effect on people's ability to communicate in person?

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Re: Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

Yes.

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"Oh hey! Haven't talked to you in years!"

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Re: Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

Absolutely.
As much as I fully embrace the fantastic possibilities of the Internet in general, I quite often shudder when seeing all those folks around about everywhere virtually glued to their mobile phones - to the point where they'd probably rather walk under a bus than take their eyes off of their phone's display.

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Re: Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

yes, its sad really, like for example your bf/gf breaks up with you over the phone and after that they either blame themselves or jus commit suicide
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I've actually commented on this alot, generally falling on deaf ears. It's practically impossible to hold a 5 minute conversation in person without being interrupted with some text/call etc. If not, you're talking, turn away for a couple seconds, begin to say something else and oh look at that, they have their face stuck to their blackberry checking their bleedin' facebook status. I usually give up at that point..

So yeah, with people taking pretty much every social media tool in priority over people they're directly talking to, talking in person has gone well downhill. Soon it'll be considered uncool.. we might as well just evolve out of talking.

I'll stick with my old flip phone till I'm forced to descend to the darkness.

So someone recently informed me that my sig was empty. Said I needed a life affirming motivational quote by a positive role model like Einstein or Oscar Wilde...

Great tip to stay fit and mobile: If you run up and down the stairs two steps at a time at least once daily, there will never come a time when you can't do it. Until of course one day you mistime a step, collapse and break all your bones... That would suck. But you had a good run.

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yes, its sad really, like for example your bf/gf breaks up with you over the phone and after that they either blame themselves or jus commit suicide
I wouldn't break up with you ever (aside from breaking with up over the phone) if you would be my GF.

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i was texting away when i needed to take a dump once and just fully unloaded in my pants... stank up the joint... nothing else really matters when you text...

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Very much so.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Re: Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

No. I hate people.
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Re: Has social media/texting negatively affected people's social skills in person?

No, most of the time when I'm texting, it is to ask to meet up with people in person. So it leads to talking in person.

As for people using their mobile phones while talking to other people, that is a separate issue. I don't text or check my phone while people are talking to me. There are of course plenty of other times you can do that.
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I wouldn't break up with you ever (aside from breaking with up over the phone) if you would be my GF.
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actually i rather text my friends than talk to them on the phone, but ill rather call and talk if its an emergency
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Bullshit.
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Definitely.
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