The Depletion of True Writing

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The Depletion of True Writing

The Depletion of True Writing

Holly Blankenship

Radford University

The Depletion of True Writings

        Growing up in this day and age, the digital world is all around us. It’s almost to the point where it would be almost impossible for someone to operate in this generation without the digital aspect. When I’m out and about, I see a world full of characters and emoticons. At times during conversations and interactions, it is truly difficult to determine who’s genuine or if a role is being played. Times have certainly changed from when I was in the third grade in comparison to the third graders now. When I was in the third grade I was worried about if my cursive writing was written well enough and wondering about the next episode of my favorite cartoon that’s supposed to be coming on that night. While the third graders now our worried about the latest application that they can download and if their best friend had snapchatted them back on their brand-new, high-tech smartphone. People often ask me why I’m so passionate about this topic, and my answer to them is because these smart phones and social media sites are the cause of the depletion of our writing skills.  

        Don’t get me wrong, smartphones and social media sites can be a beautiful thing; it can be used as a huge platform to reach out to a mass audience as well as a quick and convenient way of communication. Though the pros and cons of smart phones and social media are evident, we need to pause and acknowledge how much of an influence it is in this upcoming generation. In order to tackle this issue head on, we will need to focus our attention on the children. The reason being is that in reality, the children are the future; so if they’re the future, what does that say about the generation afterwards? I don’t think this issue could be solved in one day by any means, but at the same time, thinking that it’s too late to make a change is also the wrong mentality. I believe finding a genuine balance in between the social media life and real life is very important for each and every one of us.