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Tech Savvy Youths Are Increasingly Bereft Of Good Social Integration

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Started: 4/2/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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OfficialSanctions

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A total of 112 male and female undergraduate students at Connecticut College were surveyed about their social skills, social anxiety, technology use, and technology preference. Sixteen of these participants returned to participate in a conversation taking place in a lab setting that was observed by the researcher, in order to evaluate non-verbal social skills. We predicted that participants who used technological communication more frequently or preferred it to face-to-face communication, would have lower social skills and high social anxiety.

Modern tech-savvy youths are immersed in the technological Realm and disregard the real. Tech-savvy youths converse with their hands rather than their mouths, tapping keyboards and touchpads to the rhythm of their thoughts.
It is no doubt that with a decrease in social interaction, teach " savvy youths are socially awkward and lack in good social values.
A total of 112 male and female undergraduate students at Connecticut College were surveyed about their social skills, social anxiety, technology use, and technology preference. Sixteen of these participants returned to participate in a conversation taking place in a lab setting that was observed by the researcher, in order to evaluate non-verbal social skills. The results showed that participants, who used technological communication more frequently or preferred it to face-to-face communication, would have lower social skills and high social anxiety.

Tech Savvy youths can also be seen tapping away on their phones on buses, cars and MRTs. With more new and exciting applications created, such as whatsapp, facebook, instagram, more and more Tech Savvy Youths lack in good social integration.
jbaguire

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Technology as whole has the sole purpose in integrating with our lives. The need to improve the status quo or to reach beyond the fog of possibility and pull out the certain and tangible.

My question is, What does the word social mean now?

According to the standards of the older generation, it would mean to interact directly, face-to-face with a person. This was also a time when the phone and the computer were not invented.

Another point I would like to make, is that people like me, the ones who had never been social, and did not know how to properly interact with society, felt lost until this relief valve was opened. The thing beyond the fog became tangible for us. Technology helped us. To be social must include these forms of technologies, because it's the pacemaker for the antisocial. It's what makes the impossible, possible.

One final point is that those studies you refer to, are inconclusive, simply due to the fact that the group tested needed to be at a broader range. One could argue that the people who go to college spend a lot of time by themselves studying and making better grades, or at least more than the common person. This would askew the research data.
Debate Round No. 1
OfficialSanctions

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The opposition speaker said that Technology helped tech savvy youths like him to socialize. Tech savvy youths may indeed be very sociable in the media world, but mean they are not socially awkward in the real world. Tech savvy youths get used to spending time online and would rather do that than to socialize with the outside world. When it comes to real life socialization, tech savvy youths find it a hard to communicate properly and this will add on to their desire to spend more time with technology than people.

I agree that not all tech savvy youths are increasingly socially awkward, but as a whole, tech savvy youths are a lot more socially awkward than their peers. Even if their peers were originally socially awkward, they are forced to socialize and eventually hone their social skills.

The impact of Internet on tech savvy youths life's are becoming more and more significant and undeniable. Life without Internet is definitely very troublesome and inconvenient. To prove my poin
t, a tech savvy youth can not even think of going about his day not accessing the internet or electronic gadgets.

Tech savvy youths are also able to use their skills to get pass firewalls and access some unhealthy websites such as porn websites which will give them wrong beliefs of women and might even make them believe that doing obscene and illegal acts are perfectly healthy and normal.

Tech savvy youths risk the loss of a significant relationship, educational or career opportunity because of their social awkwardness. They may lie to others because of their overinvolvement with the Internet, and they also use Internet as a means to escape from problems or to settle one's unpleasant emotion such as helplessness, anxiety, guilt, or shame

Professors Morahan-Martin and Schumacher found that loneliness is associated with increased Internet use. The average weekly hours on line of the lonely people was significantly higher than that of the nonlonely people. Lonely people used the Internet when they felt lonely, depressed, or anxious. "They were more likely to make and interact with online friends, and to use the Internet for emotional support

And this is why the opposition's motion will not stand.
jbaguire

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