As a “Roving Node” according to the tech user quiz, I am personally quite involved with technology. I enjoy using my phone and computer in order to be productive in school and also for my social life. I also enjoy many different social media outlets because they allow me to stay in touch with friends and family, while also allowing access to all different types of information. At the same time, I realize that social media and technology can sometimes take away from face to face social interactions. I think a lot of us, including myself, are guilty of being too immersed in their phones or other types of technology and we end up not paying full attention to the people around us.
People can’t seem to put their devices down. There are many settings in which technology takes away from what is going on around us. These days, young children have phones and are using them in school–a fairly new problem that teachers have to deal with. Whether it be at a restaurant or at home, people (especially the younger generation) tend to check their phones multiple times during meals, sometimes in place of interacting with people face to face. I think that the younger generation is going to have a more difficult time when it comes to people skills because so much of their interaction is done behind a screen. Although technology makes communication much easier and in some ways more efficient, our communication skills are likely to decrease because there is less face to face interaction in general.
Even more important than our lack of face to face communication, people are so immersed in their phones that they risk their own others’ lives by texting and driving.Texting and driving is also a fairly new social change that has occurred as a result of technology and the need to be “connected” at all times. It is sad that people are engaging in extremely dangerous behavior because they can’t put down their phones for the duration of a car ride.