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[–] MobieP 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I think a big part of it is also impatience and desire for complete autonomy.

Due to having the 'world' at our fingertips, we often can't sit still when interacting in an actual human-to-human manner. We love the idea of being able to text or message people back whenever we want, instead of being forced to respond immediately, in the moment, which can put us in a vulnerable position.

This digital world certainly allows us to avoid having to cope with social anxiety if we don't want to. Most things can be done on the internet; you can even get your groceries delivered and telework.

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[–] alizure [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Well, its kinda sad to see a bunch of kids sitting together all on their phones. They don't talk to each other, they text. I've seen people in the middle of conversations stop, take out their phones and start texting. Its rude! They don't realize they are being rude. And i can't tell you how many times i've nearly been ran over by someone texting and driving. Its crazy. The internet can not take the place of human emotion, body language, tone of voice ect ect.

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[–] Konran 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think this statement is fairly easy to agree with.

In my field of work we know that between 70-80% of face to face communication is non-verbal. Taking away that face to face aspect of communication therefore leads to a reduced rate of the learning and understanding of the visual clues and micro-expressions that help us read the emotional states of other people.

Unless we are careful I think in the future we may well need to introduce lessons on how to talk to people within a physical context.

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[–] Vigilantica 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Computers are like a bicycle - just a tool.

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[–] pooky 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

jesus, im only 33 and i cant count the waves of frowning down upon the next generation that ive encountered. get over it! people not long ago said the same about books.

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[–] alizure [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Maybe its because a lot of people are sick and tired of others being so ingrained into their phones that they cant hold a decent conversation face to face. Not saying ALL people do this. But enough people do that its noticeable. Hell, people are walking into trains, having auto accidents ect ect.. why? because they cant put their damn phone down long enough to be AWARE of their surroundings.Again, not saying ALL people do this. So dont assume that I am speaking about everyone. But I have personal experience that its true. Because I was nearly in several car accidents because the other driver was texting and not paying attention to the road.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388351/Texting-walking-blamed-nationwide-increase-pedestrian-deaths.html http://thoughtcatalog.com/jim-goad/2014/06/10-grimly-ironic-texting-while-driving-car-crashes/ http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/03/11/woman-walks-into-path-freight-train-while-texting-is-clipped-but-survives/

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[–] Farrarzard 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't like the way the study was done. I think that they should have had 5 sixth-graders not use electronics for five days, then had the same five children use their electronics. Different people react differently to stimuli.

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[–] alizure [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

LOL I dont think that would work. Can you imagine the fits those kids would throw without their electronics for 5 days? lol. However, it would be interesting to see the outcome of such an experiment. Better yet, take away teenagers electronics and see what would happen. If they would develope better social skills with eachother. It would be a very interesting experience for sure.

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[–] Vvswiftvv17 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That is how all studies are done. With a control and non control group

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[–] Confusion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

50 people. All from the same school, who know each other, with same culture. A lot of variables, for all we know this condition could only exists in that one school, or one state, or only in the US! This study can't be useful unless they reduced the margin of area by using more schools over a large period of time, and reduced variables contamination by doing it in different states and/or countries.