That can be taken positively or negatively, I'll leave it to you to decide.
There is an exceptionally high rate of laptop owners in this era, some of which are barely over the age of 10. And with the current generation of technologies and the unlimited access to the internet, people can socialize in ways that didn't seem possible 20 years ago.
To those of us who grew up in the '90s, we can safely say that we have witnessed the radical evolution of gaming and socialization and how quickly it changed. Some of us can remember the days of yore when dial-up internet was commonplace and the Nintendo 64 was the head honcho of gaming.
Today, internet moves at lightning-fast speed and current generation consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 showcase games that have graphics that make "Avatar"'s look like garbage. With the combined might of internet and gaming, a new type of socialization has arisen.
Gaming online is a good form of socialization.
Example number one is that gaming online provides pure social interaction, rather than someone sitting by themselves and having only themselves to confer with (which is concerning).
This doesn't have to be limited to console games like "Call of Duty", "Grand Theft Auto", or "Halo". The internet is one of the best providers for card games and interactive games that don't necessarily involve graphic violence.
An example is that people can begin a group call on Skype for friendly chats and banter before convening in an online game of cards. This allows for conversation and gaming, and a higher difficulty to cheat.
I have recently been Skyping with various friends for a late night game of "Cards Against Humanity" (which is one of the funniest games you will ever play, as long as you're older than 17). Using Skype allows for some of the funniest banter and voice readings during this type of a game. (Reading the cards is the best part of the experience).
Well, people have to want to go out and socialize, and no one can just make them go out and socialize. It's like telling us to go out to a bar, but the bar is full of people that we hate. Most of the people socializing and gaming today are tools, and most people have a hard time enjoying socializing with said tools.
I don't go out to a bar to socialize unless I go with a group of close friends, because most people at bars are either obnoxious drunks or desperate for intimacy.
Now, there's no true safety on the internet either when it comes to socialization, but people have an easier time ignoring or leaving groups they feel uncomfortable in. We just have to be good judges of character.
By: Matthew Romeo
(Anything said on this blog does not represent the ideas or beliefs of the station of WHAN as a whole, all of these statements are held responsible by the writer alone)