The hidden impact of teens and tech

Technology is a constant in the lives of our teens. They begin their day checking their

social media accounts, have their phones with them all day and typically end their day texting with friends. Parents are worried about all this tech time, and they have good reason. Today I’m sharing with your some of the things we’re seeing in our teens and young adults. Some are less obvious than others, but they are all impacts that teachers, professionals in business and even our own teens are noticing.

Changes in communication skills

Teachers, HR representatives, and others who work with teens and young adults have all shared their concerns about the effects of technology on the development of interpersonal communication skills. What are we seeing that we didn't see before?

  • Conversations are now in sound bites delivered through texts or tweets. Young adults are lacking conversational skills required in a professional environment.

  • An inability to read someone’s body language or hear their tone of voice through texting. This allows for misinterpretation because we can't hear the "intention" of the message. What could be meant as a joke or sarcasm may be interpreted as a snarky remark or insult.

  • A lace of eye-to-eye communication. This is not something that comes naturally to young adults because they grew up texting with friends, meaning they’re looking at a screen instead of a person when communicating.

  • Shorter attention spans. Kids have grown used to multitasking, shorter interactions with others (tweets and such) and having their attention spread between multiple sources of information input. How often are your teens texting, tweeting and in a group chat with friends all at the same time? It’s no wonder their ability to concentrate on ONE thing at a time is suffering, they are training their brain for split second turn around of information.

  • As a society, we have lost the art of "filtering" our thoughts because we don't see the other person's emotional reaction to what we text. Things that we normally wouldn't say to someone's face become really easy to say online.

Changes in how self-esteem is formed

In previous generations, our self-esteem was inf