Friday, August 21, 2015

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?

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  2. Seeing as how I still have a flip phone, I guess this doesn't apply to me as much...but I can see how it is a problem in today's generation of youth. A lot of us spend inordinate amounts of time on our phones. I think that teenagers and children nowadays will be less focused on interactions and negotiations with one another and more on efficiency through electronic devices. Digital media shouldn't be limited at this point, as individuals who will succeed will naturally have the propensity to achieve lofty goals and not allow cellular devices to define their lives. However, if the situation concerning mobile phones gets even more out of hand, restrictions may have to be placed, given that such prolonged use of phones has been shown to cause problems in terms of attention and concentration ability.

    (This ended up being longer than intended...)

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    1. I mostly agree with Oishik. I think that many teenagers are mature enough to realize the issues presented by the increasing presence of digital media in our lives, and are able to balance school, extracurricular activities, and digital lifestyles well. But, while this may be true for some, I think it is very difficult for teenagers (such as myself) to identify what effect the technology is having on us (other than being a timesink). I think that as long as technology is not encroaching on our academic lives, screen time shouldn't be regulated, but I think it is extremely important for teens to be made aware of the issues presented in this article, because it is very hard to self-identify a lack in social development.
      -Peter Emanuel

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  5. did the children with access to technology have more negative behavior or misunderstandings and arguments than the children who did not have access to technology? What were their differences in behavior or actions? not just recognizing emotion

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  6. I think that your phone can be a distraction that affects your attention span and your ability to communicate. However, if you exercise proper self control, it can be a great tool for: helping us with everyday miscellaneous tasks, keeping in contact with friends and family, and sustaining our crave for social media.

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  7. I agree that your phone can be a big distraction to teenagers and in a lot of cases, takes my mind off of whats in front of me and instead, I'm thinking about something on my phone. Will most communication turn from face-to-face into technological communication as our generation gets older?

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  8. Im not sure really how my focus would change if i stopped using my phone or computer because one of my main hobbies involve using my phone and society has been built up so that we have to rely on electronics such as computers and phones. Especially when it comes to getting jobs and stuff. yeah... industrial revolution

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  9. It's interesting because I wish I could have less time on my phone and computer, etc. I wish I was able to communicate with people and be entertained and have things to do; to a certain extent I am able to do this, but sometimes you don't really have a choice. Surrounded by a world of electronics and devices that are used to communicate and text certainly bring a whole world of possibilities; however, when placed in a world such as this, it isn't exactly practical to spend your time without electronics, and if you do, you may find yourself alone. Technology is amazing, helpful, efficient; though those that support the rise of technology must also understand what they are allowing to be created. How far are we willing to go until we don't have any more face-to-face communications, only being able to communicate through electronics? For those that create technology, the pros and cons must be weighed: if you have too much technology (pro) you'll have a weak way of being social with other people (con). Those that create technology must be responsible for what happens when technology becomes too widespread and must understand that technology doesn't always have positive consequences.

    The creation of technology is a road that is very slippery. When something is created in a way which you cannot travel backwards in 'progress', the creators have to recognize that there are always risks, and the attention spans, emotional states, and addiction statuses of people and teenagers who use technology are all risks that should be considered.

    Question: What, if any, laws should be passed in order for there to be a limit on the direction and magnitude of technological progress?

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  10. I wouldn't know because I'm not an adult yet. And we can't predict the future so I have no say in the second question.

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  12. What I wonder is whether restricting the use of phones will actually make people socialize face to face more. The main reason teenagers text each other is that it is not always possible to talk to each other face to face. When teenagers text rather than talk, it is usually inconvenient to meet up, for example, if someone is far away or busy. Restricting digital communication would only make teenagers communicate less in general.

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  13. I agree with the article because sometimes I get sucked into my phone and don't be in the outside world.

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  14. I do think that your phone can be a big distraction for you. It is a very simple thing to stop what you're doing, if it being homework or spending time with a friend. It's something that is easily accessible to you and can become problematic sometimes. In terms of answering Ms. Trisko's question, I think that not being able to read someone's emotion can be a problem in some situations. Sometimes it's important for you to be able to pick up hints on someone's emotion. Like when you're older and are doing a job interview, I think it would be important to be able to tell if the interviewer is enjoying what you're saying, or isn't. Technology is an important thing in the world; it has advanced us with so much stuff, but it can become a big issue. I think limiting hours on technology would be an important step, but I also think that self control has a big involvement. If someone is able to have control over their impulse of looking at their phone, we wouldn't need to limit hours.

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  15. Okay. I personally believe that as new technology is improved and released, it will become more prominent the future. Therefore the only way to conform to society is to learn the new techniques to communication. Though there are flaws with the current technology, such as a lack of emotion in text based communication, software such as Skype and other video chatting programs will allow you to read emotions. Another point is that there has to be a balance between human interaction and technology. One must have self-discipline and realize that physical human connection is a necessity to living a happy life. So as long as we don't let ourselves be isolated by technology, we should be fine.

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  17. I am tired of trying to post if this becomes successful than goo this is my 8th time trying to post I expect to get full credit Im really done with this major load of B.S.

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  18. I agree because I think that phones or devices in general become a big distraction from interaction since they are used so excessively by teenagers these days. It takes your attention away from what is going on around you and makes you put all your focus on it. I wonder if spending less time on devices will actually make kids interact with each other. Will they actually have face to face interactions? I think kids always text and use social media because it is a way of communicating with each other and seeing what their friends are doing. Taking away devices would create more interaction face to face, but it would also take away interaction in a way. Even though taking away devices would be a really positive thing in terms of social interaction, I don't think it would work because this generation of kids are so addicted to devices that it has become a part of life.

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  19. Going to school with so many other teens I can observe how others interact and how much electronics impact their lives. Because of this smart phone addiction that many teens have, this article makes a lot of sense. I see many people walking around with earbuds in and sitting in class staring at their phone not making any social interaction at all. This is what the article is focusing on, it is true that if you don't pay attention to people and your surroundings you will get less practice and therefore not be as good at social interaction.

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  20. In the article, studies showed that teenagers that did not use social devices were able to read facial emotions better than the ones that continued to use their devices. Although it certainly shows improvement over the ones that use devices more often, social skills can be learned and this article does not present problems that people will have throughout adulthood.

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  21. This article presents an issue that is extremely relevant in our lives today; whether our reliance on technology is harmful. I think the study holds validity in the idea that technology has a negative effect on our ability to read other people's emotions. However, the article also made the point that teachers using digital media don't know if they may be hurting our students, but we don't know if it's physically using technology or the content that we find on the internet. As most objects and beliefs, nothing is inherently bad, but rather is used badly. I do think that technology can disallow for socialization at times, but I think the real harm in spending a lot of time watching television, texting, or playing video games is getting out of touch with the truth of the world due to exacerbated violent, sexual, or unhealthy aspects of the content. Of course, I'm not saying this as a fact, I'm just presenting it as an alternative possibility to the article's contention.

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  22. I agree with the fact the phones and other electronics can be really addicting which can cause a problem for many people. While many people are addicted to their phones , including myself, how many of them wish they could actually spend less time on their phones? I believe as our generation gets older communication will be strictly based off phones and internet.

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  23. I definitely understand the article and its purpose. However, so many teens and you adults do most of there work on their phones just because they are able to with the technology these days. I for one can judge emotions through a text message just based on the person texting me and how well I know them. I think maybe some people maybe caught up in there own world of cellular devices, however not all students/young adults are addicted to there phones. Having a phone is just a way of contacting people and if that was taken away from you how would you plan to see them or meet up with them. I just think that phones have gone way over the top with adding the internet and social media apps to entertain you. The world should be filled with more outdoor activities and less technology led activities.

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  24. This is my none crass comment. I do agree with the point that modern technology we seem to be losing the ability to communicate with someone face to face however without modern technology our productive ability would be slower and not as effective. yes this puts a strain on our youth however we can't throw them into the real world unprepared. without the use of technology I wouldn't have been able to become an Eagle scout due to the fact that I was able to message my overseers to setup a date for my conference and review. Also technology makes home and school work so efficient that in today world one assignment that would normally takes hours with out technology, takes merely minutes.

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