By Grace Vasquez
Imagine how shocked I was to learn that the younger dem would rather communicate via phone than in person. Nooo? Really? Puhleeze!
This shouldn’t come as much of a shock but it turns out young people today don’t actually like talking to each other. In case you missed it, a new international survey of more than 4,000 18 to 34-year-olds finds that 65% of Millennials and those in Gen Z would rather communicate with people digitally than in person, and in the U.S. that number goes up to 73%. What’s more, when asked whether they’d prefer to keep their phone app or their messaging/SMS app on their smartphone, 69.4% of respondents chose the messaging app, with that number going up to 73.4% for those in the U.S.
And the importance of staying connected via their phone is a bit astonishing. Believe it or not, 61.8% of those surveyed say they’d rather leave their wallet at home than their phone, while 70.1% say their phone is within arm’s reach when they go to bed, 64.5% take their phone into the bathroom, and 52.2% will check their phone if they wake up in the middle of the night.
Because of this we shouldn’t be too surprised to find that 41.6% of folks in these generations think it’s okay to text during a family dinner, and 27.7% think it’s acceptable to text someone while having an in-person conversation.
I find it difficult to put my phone down and honestly, it requires as much discipline as watching what you’re eating! However, I’m from a generation that required us to actually talk! I also talk for a living and so I think I’m okay from becoming obsolete at least when it comes talking! Call Me! ~grace