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Debate: The effects of texting on the next generation.

By excluding our earliest communication channels such as sound and visual cues (non-verbals), are we not creating a species unequipped for interpersonal communication?

Furthermore, producing a byproduct of negative dependency for avoidance, and ultimately alienation?


Closing Statement from Nicholas Ashley

I would like to extend my earnest gratitude on the thoughts of all who participated, your insight has been valuable and as a whole might be included in a project/paper I am working on for school; I thank you all.
Interesting points made by all, as thought provoking directions guided the discussion into areas I had not thought of yet; some I had. I found it interesting that some din not feel texting affects our ability to interpersonally communicate and that we needn’t be concerned; even chalked it up to similar hysteria resembling past generations. Others found an effect possible, perhaps warranting further exploration. I would have to agree with concerns written language and texting is having a negative effect on the ability to cohesively formulate a properly constructed sentence (academic criteria), I see evidence of this all over campus; though research shows otherwise. Interesting point, people are born with the ability to communicate non-verbally (NV) but most do not control nonverbal cues. However, NV’s are so important to communication thus replaced with symbols during texting in order to exchange feelings normally visualized through body language. Also, Social Anxiety Disorder caused by texting (lack of) effecting drug usage; interesting possibility. Likewise inference, we do not create our own world, therefore we are not in control of our forms of communication; curious. For the record, I agree we would be wise NOT to text and drive!
Once again I would like to express a warm thank you for your time and thoughts and I hope I covered the essence of our discussion in my closing statement

Ciao / Nicholas

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    Oct 22 2012: Yes... Texting is directly contributing to Social Anxiety Disorder in young people, which is directly contributing to drug addiction legal, and illegal. The more you talk to people, the more comfortable you are talking to people.
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      Oct 22 2012: really? doesn't it seem like technology would help and cater to the needs of people with legitimate social anxiety disorder and other issues with direct contact? i also don't understand why you are bringing drug addiction into this at all.

      i'm sorry if i'm coming across as rude, i just really don't understand.
      could you clarify about it directly contributing to these things?
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        Oct 23 2012: The connection between Social Anxiety Disorder, and drug addiction is obvious... Send someone with SAD to a psychiatrist, and he or she will begin their drug addiction. That's the way psychiatry works. If you're a bit more new agey and choose a psychologist, you might save some money and have a better result... but the prescription drug industry, for people with "psychological disorders", that didn't exist before, is a multi billion dollar machine, and the drugs they push are far more addictive than alcohol or pot.

        As to the connection between SAD and technology... It doesn't exist... SAD and texting.... It very much exists. Why are you typing with your thumbs when you could be having an actual conversation? It's a weird way of remaining a bit more detached from the person you are communicating with.

        If you start texting people at 12 for example, when your social skills are not yet fully developed, you are going to spend far less time practicing the skill of conversation, than if you call people. That makes conversation a more rare experience, and a more difficult one, you are less comfortable with. The less time you spend conversating, the worse you are at it. The worse you are at conversation, the more negative experiences you have while conversating. The more negative experiences you have conversating, make you more likely to avoid conversations in the future. The more conversations you avoid, the worse your SAD is/gets.
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      Oct 22 2012: Hi David, do you have any evidence that texting turns into drug addiction or am I reading your comment a bit too narrowly again?
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        Oct 23 2012: This is one of my weird ones... I don't think I'm going to win any friends with this position, and I can't support it with real time testing. I can only support it with hindsight. Modern psychologists currently believe that 20% of 18-34 year olds now have a diagnosable form of social anxiety disorder... There is no way one in five people had social anxiety disorder 20 years ago. It's obviously a reaction to something in our culture.

        To me... This is common sense. If you spend less time talking to people, and more time texting, especially starting at 12... You will get worse at talking to people. It's a skill, you have to work on it to get good at it. The worse you get at the skill, the less you will want to talk, the more you will want to text, and the more out of practice you will get with actual conversation.

        As your skill atrophe's, you become intimidated by social situations, and begin to feel foolish and out of place. It seems only natural that this is a major contributing factor to the huge rise in social anxiety disorder to me. But, no most psychologists would insist, we're "discovering an already existent phenomena"... Not creating a new one.

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