Smartphones are killing the art of conversation?

  • Smartphones are killing the art of conversation?
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    We probably talk less. What is the takeaway from the landmark report that found people say to others less on their mobile phones for the first time.

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We probably talk less. What is the takeaway from the landmark report that found people say to others less on their mobile phones for the first time.

In connection with the regulator ofcom, which compiled the report, says the popularity of services messaging, such as whatsapp, Skype and snapchat, all of which can be used to make calls and send messages – reduced the time spent on traditional mobile voice networks.

In the first autumn, so begins the data collection, the total volume of outgoing mobile call in the UK fell to 2.5 billion minutes last year to $ 148.6 billion minutes, said the regulator.

“When I speak to young people in the framework of my research, very few of them ever use their phones to call,” said Dr Joanne Orlando is a researcher of the digital lifestyle.

“They say that writing is much easier and faster, and there is no need to speak. In fact, we have a tendency to phone plans offer more and more data – from more calls not to sell more.”

With young people using smartphones more than ever before, the question was raised about how the use of messaging may be affecting their communication skills. There have long been fears that the use of text-speak can negatively affect grammar and spelling. But it can also damage the art of conversation?

Dr. Orlando does not think so.

“Conversation is just shifting taking into account the different ways technology can be used to improve it,” Dr Orlando, University of Western Sydney, explains. “If we think about it, the conversation has changed over the years. We now find the value in communicating through video and images to take mass appeal to snapchat and Instagram. Often these images can then be used as theses when we see each other face to face.”

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, a leading psychologist and author, disagrees and blames some parents who spend “too much time” on smartphones.

“I really don’t think it’s a moral panic, as some people say, I think it’s legal,” he says.

“When you grow up, nothing lights up a child’s brain as one-on-one in three dimensions to play with a loving adult. And I am concerned that with so many children now, you can see them in restaurants and they just gave the mobile phone to shut them up. There is no interaction, they do not learn delayed gratification, no manners, and learn to just be alone… and you wonder, what will this mean for these children when they grow up.

“They will have the opportunity to sit quietly, they will have the opportunity to have a conversation with someone, especially when they see their parents do it?”

Dr nenagh Kemp, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania, believes that the use of smartphones in adolescents can be more destructive.

“In adolescence, increasingly use online applications to communicate. Sometimes this means that young people do not have the opportunity to practice in more complex conversations face-to-face: inviting someone, declining invitation, apologizing for the crime.

“This lack of practice with face-to-face interaction can pose difficulties throughout his life with certain types of conversation.”

A report from ofcom found more than two in five admitted to spending too much time on the Internet. Adult users spend an average of two hours and 28 minutes a day online on the smartphone, the regulator said. For 18-24 years, increasing to three hours and 14 minutes.

“Many of us spend too much time on the Internet,” says Dr. Orlando. “The danger that we get mentally exhausted from it.”

In a study last year, Jean Twenge, Professor of psychology at the state University of San Diego, found Teens who spend more time on new media were more likely to report mental health problems than those who spent the time on screen activities.

According to data collected between 2010 and 2015, with more than 500,000 teenagers in the United States, children who spent little time in human social interaction, but also a large amount of time on social networks, first of all, to be in depression.

Dr. Orlando States that “less talking is only with voice – telephone conversation – it won’t affect their mental health.”

“What will affect this, if they do not communicate with each other in a significant way. If a young person still communicates with friends, talking to them when they see them, and have two-way conversations about what they consider important, that will contribute to their social needs in communication with other people.”

Dr Carr-Gregg, however, said that excessive use of smartphones, so “we are seeing a significant drop in mental health of children and adolescents.” He says that universities” have noticed the difference in the mental health” of students. “The problem will not get better when they get out of school is even worse,” he adds.

However, three quarters of the respondents in the ofcom claim that their smartphones have helped keep them closer to friends and family, Dr Carr-Gregg agrees “some communication is better than nothing.” “We know that isolation and loneliness are two of the biggest problems for mental and physical health. I’m happy for them to communicate than not to communicate, and it can be argued that technology enables communication and avoids many of the geographical barriers that we could not do before.”

Indeed, Dr Rachel grieve, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania, said that in some cases communication on the Internet helps people to overcome the feeling of social exclusion.

“If people use their smartphones to communicate via applications such as Facebook, this means to increase their social capital and social connections. This means that smartphones can serve as a buffer to loneliness, and does not cause feelings of isolation,” she says.

One debate that is taking place across the world whether to ban mobile phones in school. Blenneville National school near Naas, Co. Kerry noted improvements after the ban of smartphones for primary school pupils, while France is the introduction of a total ban on pupils using these devices in elementary and secondary schools from this September, although it will be applied remains to be seen.

Dr Carr-Gregg, who is leading the investigation for new South Wales in Australia on the use of mobile phones in schools, says: “where schools have banned phones, especially in changes, is the rise in the socialization, people actually start communicating with each other”.

Some 54pc of respondents in the ofcom also said that the device proved a distraction during classroom conversations with the same people.

“We have a new challenge before us, and that teaches kids to turn their phones off when they are talking to someone that they are not distracted,” Dr Carr-Gregg says.

Dr. Orlando recognizes the distraction, saying: “the conversation is shifting”. “We want to be with others, and we want to be ONLINE at the same time, we do not want restrictions on any of them,” she says. And when she agrees physical talks “very important” to develop relationships, communication on the Internet has its advantages too.

“Part of relationship building comes from sharing things about myself, both in our daily life, We often find it easier to do online – we become more courageous on the Internet, and we also do not have a time limit or needs to be physically connected with them.

“The Internet acts as a space where we reflect and shape our social skills. It is a good thing.”

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