It’s baffling to me that Gen Z has so much trouble with simple communication. I suppose that with your head buried in a smartphone all day and night, the idea of one-on-one communication such as making small talk is not a skill that you learn.
That’s why colleges are now offering a course on how to make small talk and network with other humans.
Yes, you should be fearful for the future of civilization.
The kind of ordinary communication skills that most of us who are a little older take for granted is a mountain to climb for these kids.
One lecturer at Caltech was astonished to learn that 20% of her students had spent up to five months looking for a job without so much as a nibble. “Hey wazzup y’all,” one cover letter opened with. The teacher said that someone told him a cover letter should be “friendly.”
Wall Street Journal:
She talked about students’ communication shortcomings with colleagues. Everyone came to the same conclusion: “It was a hole people knew existed,” she said, but “didn’t know how to plug.”
Employers see it, even if students don’t. When college seniors were asked to rate their communication, nearly 80%…
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