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Goad1 Name Professor Class Date Proliferation of Smartphones and Its Impact on the Life of Teenagers One of the significant technological advances that have impacted on the life of the adolescents today are smartphones. Today, a huge percentage of teenagers own smartphones, and they do spend extended periods of time on these devices. Smartphones have becomes an integral part of the life of many teenagers. As a result, face to face interactions has been reduced to the bare minimum (Lenhart 6). According to Hofferth (1604), a study that was conducted between 1997 and 2003, established that non-screen activities by the adolescents decreased by 20 percent while on-screen actions increased tremendously by up to 40 percent. Approximately 65 percent of young people engage with social media at least once in a day (Hofferth, 1605). Twenge observes that on average, young people under the ages of 19 years spend at least seven hours a day on social media outside of their school work (O'Keeffe and Clarke-Pearson 801). In view of the widespread use of smartphones among teenagers, their social and emotional development has been impacted in significant ways, leading to leading to behaviors that are incongruent to previous generations, including diminished social skills, suicides, depression and sleep deprivation. Social skills of adolescents are significantly diminishing as a result of spending much of their time on social media. In a study carried out by renowned American psychologist on
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Goad2 generation differences, Professor Jean Marie Twenge, it was found out that the ability to interact and strike up conversions is slowly being lost among the young people. Therefore, the interaction with friends and parents is proving to be difficult for most of the young people. In most instances, it has been reduced to one line responses. This is because young people spend much of their time on their smartphones chatting up and connecting with friends. There is little time to develop social skills within the context of an environment where there is physical contact. Therefore, teenagers would instead contact their friends on social media rather than meet up with them in person. With poor social skills, teenagers may not be able to develop effective interpersonal skills which are a critical component for most jobs, as well as for maintaining interpersonal relationships. Jelenchick, Eickhoff, and Moreno (129) note physical contact 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 determine what words to use and which ones to avoid. The inability to pick up these nonverbal cues will most definitely lead to unacceptable behavior, which will damage interpersonal and business relationships. This is a severe indictment of how the heavy usage of social media has impacted on their social skills.
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