I’m wondering what the true effects of today’s devices are on children today. According to a study done by the Common Sense Advisory, social media has positive effect on young people today. One in five teens say that social media make them feel confident. But why? Is it the ability to create an identity where no one really knows who you are? Is it because it provides the ability to hide behind a screen, an avatar or a profile that doesn’t reveal a shred of an individual’s identity.
I think young people have become very comfortable communicating through instant messaging, chat, texting, tweeting, etc. The instantaneous message, provides immediate gratification with respect to knowing what their friends are doing. Is there a correlation between confidence and the ability to reach people when we need to?
On the other hand, Periscope and now Facebook Live are two new tools that allow a different type of interaction where users can log in and interact live via Facebook and Periscope. Now we have access to the events in “real-time.” Can you believe it? Gone are the days of VHS and Beta recordings.
This need for instant “in the moment” answers are not limited to young people. These services allow users to ask questions via instant message during the live video broadcast. Businesses are using Periscope and live video streaming in their marketing strategies. Business use live video streaming services to give the business a human face. Q & A sessions are a great way for customers to learn more about the people behind the business. This type of video streaming is great for product demonstrations. The common element is the need for interaction, an exchange or knowing that there is someone “behind the scenes.”
Does this mean that we still crave “face to face” time? Do we still need to see each other when having a conversation? Are we moving away from the “digital age”?
In my opinion, humans need interaction at all levels, and yes, we do crave it. It’s important. Cutting ourselves off from the world and creating personas that live behind a screen can be dangerous for both individual development and the growth of society.