Blame social media for it. A new study has revealed that increased use of digital media and less time spent on face-to-face interaction have led to a decline in social skills among kids.
The ucla study mentions that people need more face-to-face interaction and that even when people use digital media for social interaction, they’re spending less time developing social skills and learning to read non-verbal cues.
Patricia greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the ucla college, says that many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs like decreased sensitivity to emotional cues, loss of ability to understand the emotions of other people and the displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.
A senior researcher with the ucla’s children’s digital media center, yalda uhls, says that it is people to learn nonverbal emotional cues from a screen in the way they can learn it from face-to-face communication.