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The following is a student presentation from the Summer 2012 "Media Psychology and Influence" course taught as part of the SPICE Study Abroad program at Universitat Erfurt. In this course, students were asked to propose a theoretically- and practically-relevant research model about one facet of media psychology and communication. Read more about SPICE: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/studium/bachelor-kommunikationswissenschaft/spice/
ABSTRACT: Digital technology has become a common channel for communication. This paper proposes the need to further study the long-term effects of digital technology on digital natives. Research suggests that digital technology has a direct effect on digital natives’ nonverbal communication skill. Two theories that explain the proposed direct effect between digital natives and poor nonverbal skills are the displacement hypothesis and brain development in digital natives. We propose two factors which explain why digital natives are showing a lack of nonverbal capabilities: the usage of text messaging and personality type could influence digital natives’ nonverbal communication skills.