Are we raising a nation of teenagers who r omg totally gr8 texters, but total dopes when it comes to managing face to face communication?
Your teenage child sends and receives 2,272 texts a month and spends 9 hours a week absorbed in social networking sites. According to this Wall Street Journal Online op-ed by an English professor at Emory, thereâ€™s major collateral damage: a rising generation whoâ€™s deaf and dumb when it comes to real-time interaction and the subtle language of nonverbal cues â€“ tonality, facial expressions, posture, and the like. Heâ€™s concerned: His book is called The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.
The professorâ€™s both wrong and dead right.
Read the whole thing.
[HT: Matt Perman]