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  1. 1. Text-Generation
  2. 2. Pew Internet stated that the number of text messages sent monthlyin the U.S. explodedfrom14 billion in 2000 to 188 billion in 2010.5
  3. 3. Americans ages 18-29 send and receive an average of nearly88 text messages per day5
  4. 4. So many people are connected at all times to smartphones, society becomes a“gadget haze”6.
  5. 5. Each of usis in ourownbubble ,furiouslyconnectedtokeyboardsand tinytouchscreens.2
  6. 6. People no longer talk to each other,even if they are in the same room.4
  7. 7. Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and alsoelsewhere:alone together.2
  8. 8. How well we negotiate electronic communication in our personal relationships canmakeor breakthem.2~ Dr. Sherry Turkle
  9. 9. Willing to dispense with people altogether."If they insist on only texting,theyre not my kind of person anyway.” 1
  10. 10. To get these, we ask simpler questions; dumb down ourcommunications,even on the most important matters. 2When we communicate on our digital devices, we expect fastresponses.
  11. 11. The fear is that more of us arelosing our ability to have, or are avoiding,traditional face-to-face conversations that are vitalin the workplaceand personal relationships.7
  12. 12. As a society, weare becomingwhen it comes toreading facialexpressions andbody language. 5functionalilliterates
  13. 13. These are cues that you lose when you cant see or hear someone, orwhen youre distracted, even in person, by a gadget.7
  14. 14. “I don’t call or stop by to talk,I don’t want to be interrupted.I’d rather just do things on my BlackBerry”. 2
  15. 15. “Email and texting meant a conversation I could control…I get to say exactly what I want,exactly when I want to say it.” 5
  16. 16. We use technology to keep one another at distances we can control:not too close, not too far, just right.jThe Goldilocks effect. 2
  17. 17. Today many people with cell phones prefer texting over a phone call.From Pew Internet & American Life Project7
  18. 18. "We loathe having crucial conversations. They make usPARALYZED and we do what we can to avoid them.” 7
  19. 19. Electronic communicationwill createless face-to-faceconversations.Future generations will be more comfortable texting their friendsthan talking to them in person. 6
  20. 20. We are temptedto think that ourlittle “sips”big gulpof realconversation. 2of onlineconnectionadd up to a
  21. 21.
  22. 22. That’s a WARNING SIGN that we are giving in to ourtechno-fetishes,and putting more faith in them than in our own real-world concerns.6
  23. 23. our current situation,our current surroundingsand the people we spend time with?6What long-term effects will occur bydevaluing
  24. 24. children with cell phones often won’t make friends with other childrenwho don’t have cell phones. 6
  25. 25. because of cell phone usage. 6had lost a relationship or job7% of students
  26. 26. Works Cited1. He Texts, She Tweets—Are They E-Compatible? By Elizabeth Bernstein. The Wall Street Journal. July2012. The Flight From Conversation. Sherry Turkle. The New York Times. April2012. New technological devices lead to decline in socialskills Texting affects communicationskills We never talk any more: The problem with textmessaging How Cell Phones Are Killing Face-to-Face Interactions Text Messaging: Is Texting Ruining The Art OfConversation?
  27. 27. ImagesAll images used are from Google using theAdvanced Image Search, with usage rights setto: Free to use, share or modify.