Why are we creating social distance?


Does connecting to the Internet mean disconnecting from life?

Are you constantly looking down at your phone or blocking out the world with headphones?

Most of us are. Social interaction has dramatically changed in the past 10 years.

The majority of young people would now rather send a text message than make a phone call to contact someone.

If one wanted to seem more appealing, they might take a new selfie or update their profile picture rather than get a haircut.

Is social media inhibiting our ability to engage in social interaction?

Spending leisure time now commonly means going on Facebook or Twitter.

In previous generations, it usually meant taking a stroll down the block or reading a book.

The way we communicate differs from every generation before us.

When walking around campus, are you more plugged into your device than your education?

Some professors or educators may be troubled by the younger generation’s dependence on technology such as smartphones and computers. The reality is that we grew up with social media, we are masters at navigating the Internet, and it usually doesn’t affect our academic abilities.

Some may say students now have a harder time physically talking to people compared to students in the past. This may be true.

Does connecting to the Internet mean disconnecting from life?

It has become our culture to isolate ourselves into a virtual world rather than engaging in the one around us.

Even though technology and the Internet are amazing advances we utilize, we must remember to speak to each other organically.

We cannot live our lives with our heads down or staring at a screen all day.