Is Social Media Replacing Social Skills?

Let me start out by saying that I love the Internet and I’m even getting comfortable texting.  Our office, in Langhorne, has recently ventured into the land of Facebook and we love it.  It allows us to connect with parents, run a few contest and have some fun. However I sense something strange happening and I wonder if you notice the same thing: 

Texting, mobile phones and social media is taking away some of the lessons we learned as children regarding face-to-face communication and use of social skills.  When we were forced to look each other in the eye, conversations took place – even difficult ones – and they helped to shape our personalities and build our interpersonal social skills.  I remember how difficult it was mustering up enough courage to walk up to a girl and ask her to the school dance, or worse, deal with the rejection when she declined. Looking back, I recognize how important these small hurdles were as building blocks of my future relationships, whether personal or business. 

In today’s social media world, confrontational situations can be avoided by instead sending a simple text, email or Facebook wall post. So, are we losing social skills by foregoing the learning experiences gained through traditional communication? Or is the world of communication changing so much that traditional expectations of face-to-face meetings (and the interpersonal skills it takes to succeed in them) won’t be as important in the future?

Please feel free to comment or give me a call-no text please. 🙂   215-750-1717

I’d really like to know what you think. 

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