The Impact of the Internet on Teenagers’ Face-to-Face Communication

Nuhu Diraso Gapsiso, Joseph Wilson

Abstract


The Introduction of the Internet appeared to have changed the process of communication from interpersonal to computer mediated communication. This study examined the Impact of Internet on face-to-face communication in Comprehensive Secondary School, College of Education Hong. The objectives include: to examine the relationship between Internet Use and Teenager’s face-to –face communication, to find out whether internet usage is weakening their desire for face-to-face communication. The study found out that the use of internet have some impact on face-to –face communication between teenager’s and their friends and also appears to weaken the ties that bind them with family and friends. The study concludes that Internet use by the teenagers has reduced the time they spend engaging in face-to-face communication with their friends and family memebers because of the time spent on the internet.


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