Instant-Messaging Gone Wrong (Persuasive 1)

Although e-mailing and instant-messaging have made online communication possible, they have also caused face-to-face interactions to decrease, cyber bullies to get a platform, and have contributed to the lack of interpersonal skills in today’s youth.

Firstly, instant-messaging has eliminated the need for face-to-face communication and consequently people spend less time with each other. Instant-messaging has made it easier for people to communicate with one another no matter what part of the world they are in. The distance is no longer an issue. The amount of communication between people has not gotten less, but by increasing the amount that we socialize with each other online using e-mail, instant-messaging or other forms of online communications, the face-to-face interactions have naturally decreased. We no longer feel the need to see a person in the flesh in order to have a conversation with them. One of the down sides of instant messaging is that it doesn’t allow you to see the persons reaction to what you said, instead you are left to guess the tone of the other just by reading their response. Contrary to instant-messaging, talking to someone physically gives you an idea of what the persons mood and tone is without having to play a guessing game.

Secondly, online communication has made it possible for cyber bullies to say what they want with little repercussions. Because the technology of today allows anyone to be able to communicate with anyone, it has also made it easy for online trolls to leave negative comments wherever they wish. Before online communication became popular, it was already difficult for people, especially teens, to ignore hateful comments directed to them by bullies at school. Now, with all the improvements that technology has brought, it is nearly impossible to escape from the negative comments because the bullies have a huge platform where they can say whatever they want to, no matter how hurtful, and with almost no consequences. The internet gives these bullies the confidence to say what they might not dare say in person.

Lastly, the lack of interpersonal skills in today’s youth is greatly attributed to the facilitation of online communication. Though instant-messaging allows everyone to have a wider range of people to talk to, it also contributes to the way the younger generations talk to people. We have gotten so used to using slang and abbreviation that make total sense to us, that we have forgotten that the older generations are not up to speed with the newest slang. Also, the youth of today are often so glued to their phones, tablets and computers that they are unaware of what is going on in their surroundings and end up neglecting their family members without even noticing because their minds are too preoccupied with checking their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Technology is a great and wonderful development that has brought many positive changes to the way we interact with one another. However, we should not underestimate and neglect the importance of face-to-face communication and we should be careful of how much time we spend online.