Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People's social skills have declined as their use of technology has increased.
People now spend so much time on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat so that they have little time to talk with their family, friends, and colleagues face to face; over time, they lack opportunities to enhance social skills. For instance, some might have difficulty recognizing or using nonverbal cues in conversations, such as gestures, facial expressions, or eye contact.
Good social skills require constant concentration and attentive listening during a face-to-face interaction, but many people have a constant urge to check their phones, or to see if they’ve got any comments or likes on their latest posts. All these behaviors can make others feel disrespected in a face- to–face conversation.
Modern technology makes it possible for people to communicate remotely. For example, many universities and companies use video conference apps such as Zoom to give classes or hold meetings. Friends and family members use WeChat to keep in touch. Hence, there is actually no reduction in time for people to practice their social skills.
For people with social phobia, there is no more need to struggle with communication in person, as the Internet provides them with platforms to express themselves and boost confidence in communication.