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Surname 1 Name Institution Lecturer Date Proliferation of Smartphones and its impact on the life of millennial Today, one of the major technological advances that has impacted on the life of the adolescents has to be the smartphones. Carroll and Kirkpatrick (5) point out that young people of ages 12 to 17 are today using smartphones to communicate with their friends, mostly via text messages, and posts on social media. What this means is that face to face interaction has been reduced to the bare minimum (Lenhart 6). According to Hofferth (1604), a study that was conducted between 1997 and 2003, found that the non-screen activities by the adolescents decreased by 20 percent while their on-screen activities increased tremendously by up to 40 percent. In another survey, 22 percent of teenagers were found to log into their favorite social media sites at least 10 times a day, while more than half the adolescents logged into these sites at least once a day (Hofferth, 1605). In another study, Twenge observes that on average, young people of ages 8 to 18 spend about 7.5 hours a day each week on social media sites outside of their school work (O'Keeffe and Clarke-Pearson 801). This study shall be based on a thesis that the social and emotional development of adolescents have been impacted in significant ways by the use of social media, leading to behaviors that are incongruent to previous generations. One of the negative impacts of adolescents spending much of their time on social media is that their social skills are negatively impacted. Twenge points out that one notable
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Surname 2 impact of spending too much time on social media is that the ability to interact and strike up conversions is slowly being lost. Therefore, the interaction with friends and parents is proving to be difficult for most of the young people, and in most of the times, it has mainly been reduced to one line responses. This is because these young people are spending much of their time on their smartphones chatting up and connecting with friends. Hence, there is little time to develop social skills within the context of an environment where there physical contact. Therefore, a tendency whereby the teenagers would rather contact their friends on social media rather than meet up with them in person is strongly emerging. With poor social skills, it means that these teenagers may not be able to develop effective interpersonal skills which is a critical component for most jobs, as well as for maintaining interpersonal relationships. Jelenchick, Eickhoff, and Moreno (129) note that physical contact that is being cut off by heavy use of smartphones is necessary for understanding nonverbal cues in communication. In professional physical settings, ability to understand these cues is critical in determining how one should behave. For instance, nonverbal cues may help one to determine what words to use and which ones to avoid so as not to antagonize the audience. The inability to pick up
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