Is face-to-face interaction obsolete?

Iam Lam, age 12, ISF Academy

KYP Intermediate Critical Writing (ages 12-13)

 

Imagine a world that is so convenient that you can lie in bed and go to school at the same time. You never have to worry about time difference when calling your family living in other countries, and you can contact them whenever you want. What a life! I believe that face-to-face interaction is less important because social media and video calls are the same as face-to-face chatting, there are new ways to express things online, and online interaction is faster and more convenient.

 

First of all, video calling and meeting on social media have the same impact as meeting face-to-face. Video calling lets you chat and express feelings – the same things you can do during face-to-face interaction. For example, when online, you can look at other person’s expression or listen to their voice. You can chat privately and you can even send emojis to express feelings. This is important because face-to-face is time-consuming. Social media, which is much more convenient, makes this communication easier. Because face-to-face interaction is replicated and improved online, it can be replaced. Therefore, face-to-face interaction is less important.

 

Second of all, online chatting creates new ways to say and express things. You can express feelings differently, you can chat with lots of people, you can send photos which will express your feelings. It creates opportunities for new communication. For example, you can send a sad emoji when you are sad instead of saying you are sad. You can send pictures of your exciting trip to make people think you are happy. This is important because social media has created new ways of communication for us to understand each other better, and everyone can develop their own online communication style to see which fits them the most. That is why face-to-face interaction is less important.

 

Last but not least, meeting over social media is faster and more convenient. You can just chat on your phone or computer, write a few sentences, and the other person receives it instantly. It also helps with people who have relatives on the other side of the world, who you can just chat with through text or email without adjusting your time zone.  For example, if your relatives live in Canada, it will not be convenient if you go there and meet them every time you want to talk. It would be much more convenient to go on social media and text them, or even to video call them. This is important because as human move on, both technologically and socially, we need more convenient ways to communicate. Therefore, face-to-face interaction is less important.

 

On the other hand, people might not focus on other important tasks when they are on social media. However, this can be limited and fixed by different extensions, apps, and other tools to help people limit social media usage. Also, online communication teaches people to be responsible for their time and develop their time management skills. This is very important for both your work productivity and your learning. Because face-to-face interaction does not have these extra advantages, it is not important.

 

In conclusion, video calling and social media can replace face-to-face interaction because they can make your life easier and help you communicate in a different way. In the future, I would suggest that there could be less face-to-face interaction. We could even have one day of school each week online through video calls or Skype. This could change our whole way of life. It would be easier to work and attend school, as you can use the transportation time working and even getting a little bit more time to sleep. Although this requires everyone to stay focused and manage their time wisely, it would make our lives more productive.

 

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