Teens have trouble communicating face-to-face

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Face-to-face interaction barely exists anymore with teenagers. Some teens send and receive more than 120 text messages a day. Dana Dean went to a high school classroom to see how they communicate.

The teens I spoke with admit their generation use cell phones and social media to communicate so often, they lack the skills of interacting with people in person.

Some students say text messaging can cause them to take on Dr. Jekkl and Mr. Hyde characteristics.

Jenna Baker, Parkway North High School Senior, said, "Between the way someone texts and the way they walk around in person, it can be two very different people. You can text someone all the time and then you see them in the hallway and they pretend like they don't know who you are."

"Between the way someone texts and the way they walk around in person, it can be two very different people. You can text someone all the time and then you see them in the hallway and they pretend like they don't know who you are."

The teacher of the Public Speaking class at Parkway North agrees that teens, in general, are lacking communication skills. He says there needs to be a way to mesh new technology with good old fashioned communication. But in the meantime, there are public speaking classes, like his, that help address the issue. And over the years, he's seen more and more students take his class.

Mike Hazelton, Public Speaking Teacher, said, "And I don't know if it's because they recognized that need or their parents recognize the need to try and build those communication skills because I think they are losing them."

"And I don't know if it's because they recognized that need or their parents recognize the need to try and build those communication skills because I think they are losing them."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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