Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Digital World, are teens losing the ability to recognize emotions?

In Our Digital World are Teens Losing the Ability to Recognize Emotions?


One of the components of emotional health is the ability to recognize one's own emotions and the emotions of others. Without the ability to recognize other's emotions correctly it could lead to misunderstandings, arguments, and cause difficulties in relationships. I have lived without my cell phone and computer for a week this summer and could tell a big difference in my ability to focus, concentrate on what other's were talking about, and overall more present in what was going on around me.

If teens are saturated with digital media and less face-to-face communication, what does this mean for them when they become adults? What could this mean for the future? Should digital media be limited to a few hours per day for teenagers?

16 comments:

  1. Digital media is one of the largest causes of obesity in the USA today. By the way the proper term for recognizing another's emotions is empathy. I think digital media also greatly decreases ones abilities to talk to adults and communicate in an adult fashion which is an important life skill.

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  2. I agree. I believe that teenagers today are less familiar with face-to-face communication. Social media is a big distraction and causes teens to have bad social skills. I think that digital media should be limited to a few hours a day so that teens do not spend all of their time doing this. It can help them in the long run. Since we are now recognizing this as a problem, teens should take it as a wake up call and limit the hours per day they are on digital media.

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  3. I do strongly agree that digital media is an issue in regards of social skills and etiquette. It is difficult to determine whether someone is being sarcastic through a text. With constant use of social media and our telephones, I see teens that are incapable of identifying someones feelings. Also, with so much texting between teens I notice that they tend to sometimes lack the abilities to maintain a face-to-face conversations. For example, they do not maintain eye contact, they do not have follow up questions or full length answers to make conversations less awkward, and sometimes they even think it is appropriate to have their phone out during a conversation. I think it would be healthy for students and teens to stay off social media and their cellphones a little more.

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  4. Social media is affecting our relationships with others. Our ability to communicate is flawed over technology. There is no use of tone or emotions and with enough use of technology, all facial expressions could cease to exist. Technology is a resource, but if it compromises daily life it may become an addiction.

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  5. Technology has become more of a burden than a blessing over the years. It was originally created to make communication and travel easier but it has become a larger factor in society than originally intended.

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  6. I agree with this blog because it really does relate to how teens emotional health affect their physical health. And I I think that it's really important to keep a healthy mind so that you don't get in bad shape. Also social media can really affect how you speak with other people in real life or reality

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  7. I totally agree with this article because I have been without my phone and any technology for a week when I went to Leadership camp over the summer. It was so much fun because no one could go on their phones so it forced you to interact with other people and learn so many more things about communication and how to be a good leader at your school through your actions. I truly think that every teen should do this experiment by not using their phone for about a week because I really don't use my phone as much as I used to because its just way less things to worry about.

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  8. I can't agree with this article. While it tries to bring out a couple of good points, it gives off a sense of bias facts. As a social media user, I have been using social media so long, I can successfully identify emotions in texts between myself and those who also know how. I've never had a problem telling if someone was being sarcastic unless they typed extremely formal like I am now. I had to develop this sense of emotion through texting though which began during 6th or 7th grade like the students being tested. And if you ask anyone who has tried anything before, you're bound to make mistakes when you don't know what you're doing and barely developing the skills if you wish to master showing emotions through texts. And as someone who has had a hard time talking to people face to face since before I could read, social media has been the only way I've been able to speak with the world I'd otherwise hide from. I dread life when I don't have my phone because I can never exactly say how I'm feeling without getting panicked and trying to run away and hide. My social anxiety hurts me in face to face issues, but allowing myself to open up through texts first and then talking to someone face to face allows me to be social with so much more ease, and I feel closer to the person. Technology is put down in this new digital world kinda like the whole situation where "fire burn, fire bad" with cavemen. No one exactly puts the effort into trying to learn ways around a voiceless, faceless world despite the fact that it expands your world if you go about it correctly. Skype allows facetime, many smartphones allow facetime or calling, texting CAN be expressive, and the internet does open doors.

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  9. This article brings up many great points which I agree with. To many people now just sit there and stare at there phones or there computers for hours. This is very negative for them physically but also mentally. It is harmful mentally because these games and sites can make these people out of touch with the outside world. To limit how much teens spend on the computer or on there phones could be very positive. On the other hand things like calling, texting, and facetime let us communicate at times we would not be able to.

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  10. I do agree with this article because limiting digital media helps people to understand their world. If teens are saturated with digital media and less face-to-face communication, they will have less self confidence in the future, and they will get health problems, so emotionally they will get less confidence and physically they will get into health problems. If we limit digital media it will help everyone. I also tried to put my phone away for 3 days and I thought that I am in a special world. I feel more confident if I turn off my phone and see what is our real life. On the other hand it is true that using the social media helps us to create new things and technology, so in this case using digital media is not bad for teens or any human.

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  11. I agree with this article because it states good points like how we need peope to people interactions without phones and computers because there are many health hazards that can go with it. One being obesity. People who don't want to go outside, catch some sun, breath in the fresh air and exercise, that only want to stay on the computer or phone , maybe the t.v. can have a high chance of becoming obese. Nevertheless, without technology, we would not have created new things that have to deal with technology.

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  12. I agree with this article in some forms. I agree that some forms of technology can hider ones face to face communication, but only to some degree. I think that at at young age, children shouldn't be so dependent on technology, but once they grow up and already have the tools for communication under their belt, the amount of technology usage is up to them. I also strongly believe that no 11 year old should have a smart phone. They are too young to fully be able to use the technology, and they should have the experience of a plain old phone like the rest of us did at their age.

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  13. I agree with his article people pay too much attention to social media and to their phones. Social media is kinda like an anti scocial media it keeps you from paying attention to the things going on around you. People care more about how many friends on Facebook or how many followers they have than how many real friends they have or what is going on around them. Not all technology is bad but people should learn to limit how much time they spend on their smartphones.

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