The article “Conversation a lost art in digital age” in the Detroit Free Press is spot on. Timely, it explains the problem of texting and teenage communication skills.
In the article, Robert Duran, a communications professor at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., says, “Students seem to have difficulty just engaging in a face-to-face interaction — and I don’t even mean normal eye contact. I mean engaging in an exchange. There are some fundamental skills they just don’t have.”
According to the article, cell phones and other electronics are making it easy for Americans of all ages to skip face-to-face conversation. I fully agree. Experts worry that we’re losing valuable communication skills. Worst yet, we may be failing to acquire them in the first place.
Here’s the good news: Face-to-face communication skills can be learned. Many teens need these communication skills NOW, to have a bright future. Learn some conversation tips in the article.
Teens can learn more success skills on the FREE page of my website. Tips include mock job interview questions, sales and fundraising tips, and cover letter and resume examples. Teens learn ways to overcome stress and how to use the phone.
Job application tips, and job seeking websites on this FREE page help teens succeed when looking for a job. Also included are helpful questions to ask when you first meet someone. Teens will master making a flyer for their business, and even learn how to properly adopt a dog!
Texting and teenage communication skills: Let’s ensure teens master face-to-face communication.
Maybe it’s time to leave the cell phones off and out of sight. What do you think?
Kirt Manecke is an award-winning author. For communication tips for your teens check out his award-winning book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. Learn more about Kirt on his website.