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Is technology making us antisocial?

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The internet is full of interesting topics and news from the media that can be very exciting. Technology draws people in with all the new apps and games to play. But is technology really just taking us a step back in humanity? Technology is making communication simpler by having text messages and calls instead of face to face contact. This could make people rather text someone than go to talk or meet them in person which could lead to anti social behavior.

What does it mean to be anti social? To be anti social is to not want company or interaction with others. Technology has many different ways of contributing to this behavior by being so advanced. In the article, Is Technology Making us Antisocial?, the author Matt McKnight states, “With a few pushes and clicks, I can watch a movie, play a game, find out who the 23rd president of the United States was (Benjamin Harrison, by the way), or even (and perhaps most importantly) order food. Apparently, the smartphones in our pockets are more powerful than the supercomputers of the last several decades, which took up entire rooms.” This shows that by the click of a few buttons you could watch your favorite movie series, read a book, and find out any information on the infinite amount of search engines. You can even get your favorite food right at your house without having to go to the restaurant. People can get very familiar to not having to go outside to get your favorite food or watch the movie you really want to see. This can make the anti social behavior become more common which can lead to damage in the future.

Technology is also affecting kids, with the new gadgets parents are giving to their children. In the Article “When Children Text All Day, What Will Happen to their Social Skills,” the author quotes “Conversation takes practice, Ortega said, and a dependence on devices can make it that much harder for children who are already struggling socially.¨ This means that when children are attached to their technology it can make a conversation a challenge to the child by bringing an unfamiliar skill they are not used to. This makes the child not want to engage in conversation and try to avoid making friendships.

In summary, social media could be making our society anti social or less social than it was without the present technology. Technology could be making people more attached to their phone than they are to their relationships.

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