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Hong Kong youth

Why texting teens need to look up more

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 4:09pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 4:09pm

The excessive use of electronic devices by teenagers has led to a sharp decrease in face-to-face interaction, which makes them deficient in social skills. Some may argue that they can still develop social skills somehow through texting. But communication includes both verbal and non-verbal cues, and the latter is ignored if a conversation only involves texting.

This has led to a lack of understanding of micro expressions, which cannot be picked up while texting. Face-to-face communication is needed for learning how to spot and interpret these expressions. Failure to read micro expressions may affect not only the personal interactions of teenagers, but professional relationships as well, and impact their future careers.

Chelsea Luo, Lohas Park