As time goes on and the years progress, the technology of many generations only improve and expand. From computers, to laptops, to smartphones, to tablets, to musical technology, such as iPods and MP3’s, the usage of todays privileges only grow with time. These technological advances result in an increase in the routine of and reliance on internet and social media. Although, technology is openly used by all kinds of people of different age groups in the United States, the group of people that utilize and glorify technology more and more everyday, are teenage males and females. With little understanding and appreciation for the advanced times and technological advantages they were born with and are currently living through, teenagers seem
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Many believe that this reliance can decrease a teenagers ability and motivation to interact with other people and engage in social activities. However, one can argue that technology creates an opposite effect and it ultimately increases the social interaction of teens with one another or with adults. This interaction can be processed through many different forms of technology, due to its advancement, whether it is texting, emailing, or social networks. All of these different options allow teenagers to integrate with others.
Technology allows for the process of communication to be expanded beyond the concept of verbal interaction. For example, the usage of social networks, such as Facebook, can bring teens together, allowing them to contact long lost former classmates or family members. Although, the contact is not face to face interaction, it still allows teenagers to discuss and converse topics of interest without traveling or seeing one another. According to a psych professor named Larry D. Rosen, at California State University, social networks such as Facebook, can actually increase teenagers capability of empathy. The more teenagers log on, send friend requests, post statuses and pictures, the more their empathetic nature grows. ” If someone posts he had a difficult day, and you post a comment saying, "Call me if you need anything," you've just displayed virtual empathy.” (Turgeon).