Monday, 26 March 2018

No more talking to neighbours: Millennials prefer online chats over face-to-face conversations

Millennials are preferring to chat online instead of face-to-face conversations, according to a study conducted by Cancer Research UK. Around 44 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds expressed that they felt more comfortable using social media, messaging apps and online mode to chat with people they didn't personally know, and only 37 percent felt comfortable speaking face to face.

Studies show that young adults with increased social media use tend to feel more socially isolated when compared to those who use it less. While social media can be beneficial in building up contacts, the social isolation that goes along with restricting conversations to the online mode has been long associated with increased mortality, the research said.
The research also pointed out that young individuals are increasingly avoiding face-to-face conversations in other spheres of their lives. Young adults between 18 to 24 are twenty times more likely to never speak to their neighbours, than those aged 55 and over. And around 27 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds have never spoken to someone they didn't know on public transport such as buses and trains- which is roughly five times more than the rate for those aged 55 and over. Nearly half (47 percent) said they prefer to listen to music on their headphones instead.
"This research shows an increasing generational divide between how millennials and baby boomers prefer to communicate. While it is no surprise that young people are embracing new ways to chat, and there are supportive communities online, it is important they don’t lose the art of talking to the people around them," Dr Rebecca Beeken, a behavioural scientist at the University of Leeds, said. Source: Times Now 

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