Devices are turning teens into anti-social screen drones
[Another sidebar: Back in the day, request lines at radio stations were jammed with teens trying to make requests or win contests. You KNOW that I’m driving to meet you! Read the analysis at Axios. CALL ME ON THE FREAKIN’ PHONE so I can answer you via Bluetooth. Hell, people won’t even call on the phone anymore. [Side note about something that grinds my gears: If I’m meeting you for something and you’re wondering where I am, DON’T TEXT ME. Today, banks of phone lines go empty because no one calls anymore. I texted you.” You flippin’ moron. It’s all about texting. When I finally show up, DO NOT say “Where were you? Rant over.]
Take a look at this chart detailing how today’s teens prefer to communicate. Does no one value face time (NOT FaceTime) anymore? Texts? From my totally unscientific anecdotal empirical research (can I even say that?), fewer and fewer people prefer to communicate face-to-face. This isn’t a “hey-you-kids-get-off-my-lawn” post, but it’s close. It’s not that they’re not listening (ratings data says they are but because they won’t use a phone to make a call. We now get plenty of those.]
I find this kinda frightening.