IS SOCIAL MEDIA MAKING US RUDER? – In a recent survey, three out of every four people think that using social media is making us rude; it’s almost as if social media is destroying civility.
It has often been noted that people appear detached when sending a text message or posting a comment on their social media accounts.
The very idea of mobile devices and social media is to allow us to remain connected to family and friends whilst on the move, but this often involves leaving curt messages and many recipients feel these messages are invariably offensive and even downright rude.
It’s not just the messages themselves but rather users of mobile devices that are getting people’s backs up. Often people who are supposed to be serving other people, as part of their employment, will completely ignore them if they are engaged on their smartphone.
“I was being served by a young lady of about 20 years of age. Without warning her mobile phone bleeped and without even an ‘excuse me’ she just walked away and started texting with her friend.
After a few minutes I asked her if she would like to continue serving me; she was not impressed but did finish serving me.
Some of these people are so rude; you can be having a conversation with someone and if their phone goes off they will, without even a simple apology, turn their backs and engage in a text conversation. What is the world coming too?” Meebal.com Reader
With the new generation, these mobile devices are rarely turned off and with the proliferation of WiFi services it means they can be connected to the social networks 24/7. Whilst this is wonderful and profitable for the likes of Facebook it is disturbing for those who are being ignored.
In the survey undertaken by Debrett’s it found that 77 per cent of us think social skills are diminishing and have certainly taken a turn for the worse in the last 20 years. Over 70 per cent also feel that mobile device users are rude with little or no consideration for those around them.
There are also concerns that the younger generation are becoming illiterate due to the reliance on auto spell checkers and the use of shortened words used in text messaging; for example gr8 (great).
Many of those surveyed expressed their concerns over the manners of mobile users who refuse to turn their devices off regardless to where they are or what they are doing. One person reported a case of a teenager engaged in texting friends on social media whilst attending the funeral of her grandmother.
There appears to be little doubt that with the ever growing use of mobile devices and social media that society is beginning to break down and some people now find it difficult to interact with another person on a face-to-face level.
We now live in a digital world but I often wonder if these advancements have been beneficial to mankind in the areas of social interactivity and social development. One key factor for mankind’s success has been it’s ability to communicate effectively and also on an acceptable level; that is being kind and courteous.
If we allow this trend to continue how will mankind develop; will we really be subjected to living out our lives completely segregated with the only means of communication being a mobile device and a social network?
If this is the case there can be little hope for mankind for we rely on social interactivity which develops our sense of morality – if we no longer care about others it’s unlikely that we won’t even care about ourselves.