A Challenge For My Generation

Challenges are often the catalyst for change. What do you see as the greatest challenge for your generation and how are you working to meet that challenge?

I had no idea my boyfriend and I had broken up until my friends started texting me asking why. Confused, I logged onto my Facebook account. I had a notification saying that my now ex-boyfriend had cancelled the relationship. I also had an inbox message from him explaining that it just was not working out between us. This had all happened about two hours before. I was angrier that he did not bother to tell me that we broke up than the fact that we broke up.

Sadly, situations like this have become increasingly more common over the past few years. Although modern technology has improved day-to-day functions, it has also contributed to a decline in social skills that once came almost naturally to previous generations. Lack of proper social skills is a huge problem that my generation is facing.

In the past, talking on the phone and sending letters in the mail were the primary means of communication other than face-to-face. Today’s technology, however, offers many other ways of contacting people. We now have pagers, e-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, text messaging, webcams, and social networking sites, to name a few. With all those options, reaching someone does not seem to be much of a problem anymore. Face-to-face...

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