A growing trend in New York City has some parents outsourcing the task of teaching their children social skills.
According to The Wall Street Journal, companies like SocialSklz:-) — a company founded in 2009 to address deteriorating social skills in the age of iPhones, Twitter and Facebook friends — are being used to teach children how to communicate in ways that are not tech-oriented.
Among the skills that children may be taught by the firms are such basics as speaking naturally to other human beings, making phone calls to arrange dates and shaking hands. Another company called Little Givers, the article says, teaches children not only how to share but the principles of philanthropy.
According to the article, the necessity of teaching children how to be social in the real world and not just the tech world is in the numbers. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation last year found that children ages 8 to 18 devoted an average of seven hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media each day, and 66 percent owned cellphones that they seldom used to make actual calls but instead for gaming and social networking.