Remember the days when you simply called the people you wanted to talk to? Numbers had to be physically stored in phone books or memorized, and you had to actually use your fingers and dial them. In the words and voice of Steve Harvey, "Sh!t ain't like that no mo'!". With the creation of 'Smart' phones, and the various social networking sites among us, the concept of person to person interaction is becoming nearly obsolete.
Cell phones were pretty much invented as a means for people to be able to be reached no matter where they were. That's understandable. Emergencies happen and having a mobile phone on deck could be rather clutch. Then guys like the late Steve Jobs came through and changed the entire game up. It was no longer enough to just be able to talk on your Nokia with the green screen. The 'Snake' game and polyphonic ringtones were getting old. It was now time to make cellphones more of a utility. Eventually we became able to send emails, surf the Internet and listen to music. Much like we would with a PC or a laptop. Today our phones are like a one-stop shop. There's really almost nothing we can't do from them.
Social networking ties into this as well. These days, it's seemingly a lot easier to shoot someone a tweet or a Facebook post than it is to hit their phone up. And if we DO hit their phone up, 9/10 times it's via text. Even with dating; People are finding their mates online and with no shame. It's not like back in the day when you had to actually approach someone, win them over, and take them out. Now, a few jokes, some retweets, and a nice avi will get you pretty far. Trust me, I know. You can accomplish a lot on the business side via social networking as well. Can't attend a meeting because it's clear across the country? No problem thanks to inventions like Skype and FaceTime.
Are 'Smart' phones and social networks making things easier for us? Or are they depriving us of our people skills?
It's a little of both actually. The millions of things that our phones can do, make things a lot more convenient. However, maybe our phones do a little TOO much. I can personally say that I'm rarely detached from my phone. Not because I have the urge to be social and communicate with the outside world, but because there's so much going on. From checking scores, to paying bills and everything in between. Also, these gadgets impair our memory something serious. Think about it. How many numbers in your phone do you know by heart? How many birthdays do you know without having to see it on Facebook or Twitter? Don't worry. You're not alone. Until the day comes, where our jobs, our education, and other important things don't depend on it, we need to step our personal interaction game up. Or do we?