Unplug for a While!

Many of us have become so dependent on technology, we don’t know what to do with ourselves without our favorite devices.  It’s almost sad (for me, at least) to consider how we don’t know what to do with ourselves if we can’t take out our phone at any moment to check our Instagram feed, or Twitter followers, or Facebook notifications.  And how we really need people to be reaching out to us and so we are constantly texting and Snapchatting to keep from feeling alone. And how all of this has become deeply tied into our emotional and psychological well-being – how we feel about ourselves and our worth and our importance to others. Some are realizing that this dependence on nonstop online connectivity may be unhealthy for them, and may be compromising certain areas of their lives – such as their ability to study and focus (read more…)

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  1. Carmen

    I witnessed the over take of verbal expressive language by technological devices a few years back when I was coaching high school volleyball. Many of my athletes would text each other on our bus rides to away games. Sure, this might be ok when the person you want to chat with is sitting 5 seats ahead or behind you, but these kids were sitting right next to each other. I was in shock, to say the least. I am not against the use of technology to assist us in life, but I felt that it was my responsibility as a coach to teach the important skill of verbal communication as I knew that would help my team but also help each athlete in the future.

    Common Core State Standards have very high demands for students in the speaking and listening domains. Students are expected to be able to collaborate and discuss with their peers, stand in front of a group of individuals and deliver a speech and be able to listen to others and have good conversations afterwards. Are students practicing these skills at home? Do they talk on the phone and have these conversations, or are the conversations in fragmented sentences and abbreviations? Interpersonal skills have to be practiced with actual people. People need to learn how to read verbal and non-verbal clues and body language. When we make personal connections with people our empathy develops, our kindness grows, and foundations for future contacts are established; hopefully in a positive way.

    So, I am in total agreement to put down the devices for a little bit and practice the verbal communication skills we all need to be successful in our world. It always comes down to a balancing act. Too much of one thing is usually not a good thing.