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Social media controls modern relationships, teens don’t talk face-to-face

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Imagine getting to know someone with no direct communication, no emotional connection, and no dating. This would be considered just a regular relationship to most teens of this generation.

Today, teenagers and young adults don’t go on dates to become involved with someone. Most of the time socializing is done through social media.

Meeting, talking, and flirting is all done through social media now, rather than having a face-to-face conversation.

Mr. Scott Lints, physical education teacher, has four children between the ages of 7 and 20. He said relationships are different nowadays compared to how they were when he was younger.

Face-to-face interaction is something you don’t have anymore.”

— Mr. Scott Lints, physical education teacher

“Back then, you actually had to (have) face-to-face interaction and ask someone out on a date,” Lints said. “Face-to-face interaction is something you don’t have anymore.”

Today it seems as though young people have lost the true meaning of a relationship. Many relationships last only a few weeks or months, as if they do not mean anything anymore.

Jawan Peat, junior, believes modern relationships become complete failures.

“People go out with each other nowadays and then they break up,” Peat said. “No one wants to have a serious relationship. They just wanna play around.”

Online networks like Facebook and Instagram have made it possible to socialize with people without any actual confrontation, and this can teach teens to be closed off and unwilling to have face-to-face interactions.

Teenagers today go through a phase in relationships called “talking,” the borderline between being friends and being in a relationship.

The talking phase allows the two individuals to get to know each other. Most of the talking is done through text messaging, which usually means the relationship isn’t “official” yet.

This phase gives the idea that a relationship isn’t something that is meant to be taken serious.

Mr. Robert Markwardt, history teacher, has two daughters ages 15 and 20. He said that when he was younger, most of the time meeting new people was done at school, but now there’s more use of media in order to communicate.

Markwardt said he believes if relationships continue like they are right now they’re going to end up becoming less personal.

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One Response to “Social media controls modern relationships, teens don’t talk face-to-face”

  1. Katie Valley on January 5th, 2017 7:07 pm

    I believe that there still are plenty of people that have not lost the “true meaning to a relationship.”

    I would say this true meaning is also changing. Technology, especially social media, can help people feel closer to one another.

    In my personal case, when I’m at college I love texting weird thigs I found on Facebook or IFunny to my boyfriend. It gives us something to laugh about until the next time we see each other.

    There also still are plenty of people who are looking for a serious relationship. Some of them even take to dating apps to do so (which may not really be the most effective option).

    This “talking phase,” though, is something that does exist, but I say there’s more to it than that. Sure, there are people who do not wish to go further than that, but there exists with every couple (every sane one, I would say) that period of “talking,” in which the two have met but are not yet comfortable with the relationship titles.

    Great article, though! I’m proud of you guys! Just wanted to put my 2 cents in.

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