My goodness, the myopic idea that modern communication media make us stupid is still kicking around. Well, at least here's a good rebuttal.
Well, here's my side of the story. Back when I was in high school, before I had internet access, I was painfully shy. And believe me, painful is the only way to describe it. I was basically incapable of communicating with people. When I did get internet access, I very slowly, steadily started talking to people online. It helped me get some experience with interacting with people. And I also came into contact with certain ideas that helped me conquer my insecurities. These are things that I never would've been exposed to without the internet.
These days, I have a pretty decent social life. Sure, a lot of it's still online, but I hang out with my friends in real life, I talk to girls everyday, go on dates, and I'm working on getting a band together. I probably spend less than five minutes a day on facebook, and I've never used twitter. People say that modern technology deteriorates a person's social skills, but it drastically improved mine.
Still, I'm not going to pretend it's all great. There's obviously something addictive about modern communication. And I do think it cripples a person's social skills if they rely on it too much. Ya know, like how that anonymous guy that hangs around here seems to think the way he communicates is normal. It's usually pretty obvious to me when a person's spent too much time on the internet.
But for me, it's been a great thing for the most part. I'd just hate to think where my life would be right now if I never had the internet. I imagine I'd be in a very, very dark place.