Conversation is Drying up According to GO Social Study

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Independent Social Media Agency, GO Social uncover the impact of Social Media on everyday conversation.

Unhappy Child With Head In His Hands

More and more children engrossed in Facebook on their phone.

A staggering 63% of participants informed GO Social that they feel awkward without having Facebook at their fingertips.

Do you remember when lounging around in cafes and bars used to be a way of catching up on the week’s gossip? Well, now it only requires the most elementary levels of observance to notice that verbal conversation is rapidly drying up. Indeed, the results of an online questionnaire created by independent social media agency, GO Social, have now revealed that this is an all too real reality.

Almost everybody in the Western world - even the children who were once content with a football – are owners of mobile phones, and access to Facebook or Twitter is just a click away. It is no surprise therefore, that the person you’re speaking to often loses all interest during mid-conversation; fingers poised, chin buried in his chest and concentration engrossed in the robotic monotony of type, send, read.

If you are somebody who believes that your friendship group is particularly frustrating, then think again. According to GO Social’s findings GO Social, 7 out of 10 people admitted that they have sunk into the habit of switching off whilst checking Facebook in mid-conversation. A staggering 63% of participants informed GO Social that they feel awkward without having Facebook at their fingertips.

Another participant in the media agency’s research, disgruntled with this growing trend, bemoaned, “I actually feel like I’m talking to myself when I go out with my friends for a drink.” He added, “I can literally look to my left and one mate is on his iPhone and look to my right and the other is on his Blackberry.”

It is of course not all bad. Social Media has given us too many things to detail here but things of which we are all aware nonetheless. Verbal conversation will obviously never be rendered obsolete and the very fact that people are increasingly aware of the “Social Media Replacement” is a good start. But it has caused many people to completely neglect all social conventions of manners and common courtesy. Is it not time that we all appreciate the company of those around us, and the benefits we gain from social interaction? The results obtained from GO Social’s research surely prove that it is now time to sign out and join in.

You can view the original GO Social Study here

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