How Social Media is Destroying Our Interpersonal Skills
The digital opportunities we come in contact with today haven’t always been available.
One of them being the ability to communicate and interact with others anywhere, anytime via social media.
Everything about social media, mobile, and the web has completely changed the way we think about, respond to, and develop our interpersonal abilities.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that social media is completely destroying our interpersonal skills as a society.
Don’t believe me? Check out what others are saying about it on Twitter:
@fujo_shakur social networking has taken away interpersonal skills…people don't even know how to make eye-contact smh. Its sad.
— *KimmPossible* (@DoughtMeNot) December 28, 2013
Do you think texting and social media lowers interpersonal skills, respect for others, and detaches ppl from reality? Thoughts??
— Paolo Magliari (@ILL_Padrino) December 29, 2013
Why We Need Our Interpersonal Skills
If you’re a salesperson or a professional in some other field that deals heavily with human interaction (Education, Law, Healthcare, Public Service, Hospitality, etc,), you know the benefits of having strong interpersonal skills.
For the rest of you, the thought of having genuine interpersonal skills may not be on your mind. Why? Because you’re likely not worried about communicating or interacting with others outside of your social media platforms.
But, I’m here to tell you that interpersonal skills play an integral role in a lot of what you’ll do now and in the future.
Here are some examples:
1. Looking for a job?
Employers value interpersonal skills and look for them to be a part of your qualifications.
2. Going on a date?
Interpersonal skills help to make sure you’re communicating the right message and have strong, effective interactions with your date.
3. Trying to join a club or group?
A group is all about solidarity, effective decision-making, and strong communication. Without the right interpersonal skills, you’ll have a hard time getting on one accord with others.
Social Media and Interpersonal Skills
There’s no reason why social media and strong interpersonal skills can’t coexist.
In the end, it’s up to the person to decide whether they want to have strong interpersonal skills or if they want to take a chance on only interacting and communicating with others through social media.
I strongly encourage all professionals, and those who have a genuine interest in developing their interpersonal abilities, to keep investing in interpersonal skills training and resources for sharpening your skills and making the most of your interactions, both verbal and nonverbal.