We Never Wanted to Talk to the Person Next to Us

During my freshmen year of high school, almost every two out of three people I knew owned a smartphone. Since then, I have increasingly heard more older adults complaining about how kids these days are always on their phones. While I am not advocating for teens to be texting on their cellphones at funerals, the older generation must at least try to understand why millennials feel a certain level of comfort and security from their personal device. This is a pivotal step to understand the underlying issues that already exist between parents and their children rather than the arrogance and rudeness of the youth.

The popular image of people reading newspapers even sometimes with the caption:”All this technology is making us antisocial.” has been circulated so much around the Internet that there is even a bitter article condemning it: Stop Sharing This Photo of Antisocial Newspaper Readers. The author, Kevin Hoffman, entire argument lies on the fact that the average reading span of a newspaper is much lower than the the possible possible time spent on smartphones. But the fact of the matter is when someone does not want to speak to you they will use any material to hinder starting any conversation. Personally, I feel this underlying reason why teens will not speak to their parents even at the dinner table is more frightening than the use of cellphones themselves.