Gen Y's Internet Addiction Hampering Their Face-to-face Interaction

by Hannah Punitha on Nov 24 2008 6:00 PM

For today's 20-somethings, communication has been restricted to social networking sites like Facebook and iPhones, making it difficult for them to deal with face-to-face interactions.

According to CBS news, the tech-savvy generation is driving many people crazy and it even has the managers complaining: They spend too much time in front of the computer, or, They don't want to have phone conversations, they want to have text conversations, or When it comes to social face-to-face they'll freak out: 'oh my God, somebody's looking me in the eye,' and they can't handle it!

A lot of older managers view them as spoiled brats, CBS News quoted author Ron Alsop as saying.

Alsop, who calls this generation Millenials, said the generation Y is savvy about using technology, but kind of clueless when it comes to communicating face-to-fact.

They usually dress up in casuals, and think it is right to wear flip-flops while meeting the president, and their language is full of acronyms for almost everything: like BRB and LOL.

Some millennials will put this text-messaging shorthand in formal memos and business reports, might even put in a happy face, said Alsop.

However, when it comes to face time at the office, they are really not serious about it.

They feel as long as they get the work done, when they come in, when they leave, should be up to them, said Alsop.

The youngsters have themselves have admitted they're often better at reading on-screen emoticons than real-life emotions.

We always need to check out e-mail, we always need to be on the Internet, we always have to be on instant messaging with our friends. It's the same thing with music. Without music for us, it's just another boring day, said 20-something Gina King.

In fact, the change may be considered as evolution in action, caused by prolonged exposure to technology.

It's clearly changing our lives but it's also changing our brains, said neuroscientist Dr. Gary Small.

He claimed that being wired all the time may have strengthened some brain pathways, but that comes at the expense of others.