Keith Ferrazi gives 6 tips for kick-starting thinking on raising kids that are great at online media but bad at in-person interaction. Here’s the first part:
Are we raising a nation of teenagers who r omg totally gr8 texters, but total dopes when it comes to managing face to face communication?
Your teenage child sends and receives 2,272 texts a month and spends 9 hours a week absorbed in social networking sites. According to this Wall Street Journal Online op-ed by an English professor at Emory, there’s major collateral damage: a rising generation who’s deaf and dumb when it comes to real-time interaction and the subtle language of nonverbal cues – tonality, facial expressions, posture, and the like. He’s concerned: His book is called The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.
The professor’s both wrong and dead right.
Read the whole thing.
One of my rolls in our church is as a youth minister. I see this phenomenon all the time. What is more troubling to me is not that some teenagers don’t know how to communicate in person (that can be remedied), it is that they don’t see the need. As parents, we need to monitor our children’s intake and output of social media, and be sure that they are putting down the phone, pushing away from the computer, and hanging out with us and their friends more often.