This question cannot be answered with a yes or no. There are strong points to both sides of the argument. Digital technology has provided a variety of platforms for professionals and amateurs alike to tell their stories. With smart phones alone, anyone can become a photographer, a film maker or post short stories to social media and blogs. However, just because anyone can create and share a story that does not make them a great story teller.
Digital technology can make us better writers if we use it to our benefit. It has opened up access to the entire world that we did not have before it’s time. We have instant access to news stories, magazines, sports, and politics – anything you can think of from all parts of the world. We have an endless supply of e-books, art, and film right at our fingertips. I know for myself having this kind of access has been a benefit and strengthened my story telling skills. It helps spark my creativity and imagination when I have the access to so much great work.
On the other side of that argument, you can easily get lost in the junk found online and waste away your time on social media. I am definitely guilty of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram so it is easy to see how people can waste so much time. I also think that the poor grammar and spelling used online and in that same breath always being able to rely on spell check, it has decreased our grammar skills. We rely too much on spell check to correct our errors that we don’t bother learning what our mistakes are and it shows when spell check isn’t available. It also seems that thanks to social media people think everything is a story. Every detail is worth sharing and honestly, it’s not.
I think for those who are serious about storytelling and want to be good at it, digital technology can definitely be beneficial. It is within the hands of the user as to whether or not it is helpful and improves their story telling skills.