We live in a fast-growing world where the young have access to an unrelenting stream of incredible opportunities. Advances in engineering and computer science in the 20th century allowed mankind to make a huge leap in the technological sphere, introducing innovative means of communication which are nowadays in everyday use by modern adolescents. However, could those methods become a victim of their own success?
On the one hand, the internet has inarguably changed the core of the way people interact. Distance and time are not insurmountable obstacles for people anymore, since any user can send and receive thousands of messages in a matter of seconds via numerous social networking services or simple e-mail. Moreover, the world wide web has brought up a new generation who have dramatically revolutionised former ways of conversing and even created new and, as it is often presumed, unparalleled ones.
On the other hand, it is prudent to ask whether these tools are wisely used and whether they have brought communication up to a new, and more importantly, better level. Although their diversity is undeniable, young adults are weak at having intellectual talks. They post utterly senseless messages to their “Facebook” friends, who they rarely have an honest chat with. Being reliant on omnipresent gadgets, these days’ adolescents cannot truly express their ideas or feelings in a proper way.
On the whole, it can be concluded that this tendency should not be tolerated. Had the Internet not been created, life would undoubtedly be more complicated. Yet in terms of face-to-face communication, it has brought nothing but despair. It is clear to me now, that J. Priestly was right when he said “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”