100 years ago face-to-face communication was the only option for communicating. People depended on actual in person conversations to communicate at all. Slowly over time the telephone was invented and body language was cut out, however this was not too endangering because you can still hear body language and express emotion. Then the text message came along, and this is where the change begins. One of my past teacher’s once said, “we see an increase in “slang” and a decrease in perceived meanings.” As if communication wasn’t already taking a hard blow, social networking was introduced in the late 1990’s. Social networking provides an entirely different form of communication where people can simply comment “congrats!” on a status and let that be their form of communication. We have all become use to being connected to everyone through these social networking channels and have become completely comfortably being physically alone, because we do not feel alone because we are interacting and communicating with others. In some sense this is great, it provides an alternative communication outlet for long distance friends and other aspects of that nature. However as we become more and more reliant on social networking as a dominant form of communication we begin to lose aspects of communication we once had several years back.
Using sites such as Facebook and Twitter for communication are altering the way we communicate face-to-face for the worse. According to Socialnetworking.procon.org, teens spend an average of 9 hours per week on social networking sites, and that number is exponentially growing.” Those hours use to be used in recreational activities, playing with the neighbors, or any other social environment. Face-to-face communication is a slower process, one in which you get to know the other more personally and think in a more self reflective manner. When people use the internet for communication they become use to being shortchanged in conversations and begin to carry this over into face-to-face conversation.