"It has become exceedingly obvious that ourtechnology has exceeded our humanity (AlbertEinstein N.D).” Today‟s day people of all ages communicate through their many electronic devices, whether it‟s their cellphone and texting, emails from their computers or any of the other many means of communicating online. You can see the effects of excessive communication through technology affect people‟s social skills and cause some anxiety issues with people.
Systems Online MessagingOnline Messaging is probably the mostthat can affect people‟s social skills.When online you are protected by thescreen in front of you and could behalfway across the world to whoeveryou‟re talking to. People can saywhatever they want, something theyprobably wouldn‟t say in person.“Today our world has become so polluted with theInternet in every single avenue of life; we fail to evennotice it anymore. We have instead grownaccustomed to seeing less of each other, and insteadcommenting on posts and blogs (Tate 2011).”
Some disadvantages that can be found from using online means of messaging is:Online Messaging • Lack of face to face communicationDisadvantages of • Easier to misunderstand • Cyberbullying • Once something is out there you can‟t take it back “Unfortunately, this feature of online socialization cheats people of the opportunity to learn how to resolve conflicts in the world outside the Internet and it could retard or cripple ones social skills developments (Cosmato N.D).”
Some advantages to this technologyare:• Convenient to use• Can contact people worldwide• Faster to get a message across than a letter• Don‟t have to be close by to send one Image• And many more from:http://blog.nus.edu.sg /itsocietyandme/ Advantages of Online Messaging
Nick Klopper discusses some of the issues he‟slearned, “Dr. Engelberg discovered that people who spenta lot of time online scored lower on scales of emotionaluntelligence and social skills. It is a shame that the peoplewho most need to learn how to interact with others are theones spending the most time on their computers alone.Intuitively, that makes sense: if people find it difficult tointeract with others, they are less inclined to participate insocial interaction. Instead, they spend their time in solitaryactivities, such as surfing the web.But in doing so, these people have no chance to improvetheir communication skills. They„ve entered a downhillslide, where they spend more and more time online andbecome more and more lonesome, but never feelcomfortable communicating with others.(Klopper N.D.)”Social Issuses
Text MessagingText messaging has also causedproblems with social issues inpeople. Much similar to messagingpeople online texts can have thesame detachment from reality andin some cases make it hard forpeople to hold actualconversations face to face.
The Problems with Texting Some problems that can come from text messaging or other instant messaging devices are: • Lack of attention to surroundings and people around • Having lengthy text conversations rather than in person talks • No need for face to face social skills • Too attached to cellphones“Texting on a daily basis makes it easy to avoid speaking withpeople on the phone. We nowadays tend to minimize face timeand even minimize our phone conversations. By doing so, ourcommunication skills suffer- we start to lose our conversationetiquette. Personal conversations also suffer, becoming lessnatural and choppy, resembling our text messagingconversations (Hausler N.D.).”
The Advatages of Texting Image from:http://gettingsmart.com/cms/b log/2011/11/the-power-of-texting-a- changing-communication-medium- in-changing-times/ Positives that can come from text messaging or other instant messaging technology are: • Able to contact people easier • Can call someone (or text) for help • Some phones have apps that can help with daily things (GPS, yellowpages, etc) • And more to help people
“The tendency --- and preference --- forAmericans to communicate with other peoplethrough the formal and impersonal method oftext messages and phone calls has inhibitedtheir social skills, conversation skills and theirability to relate and communicate with eachother in person. Because personal socialinteraction with humans who are present isvital to the human condition, the lack of socialinteraction caused by excessive cell phoneuse is a damaging sociological effect of cellphones (Brian Heuberger N.D.).”Social Issuses?
Medical Some meddical issues from Dr. Rosen‟s study Couts found: “• Teenagers and young adults who are persistently logged on to Facebook are more often to show psychological disorders, like mania, paranoia, aggressive tendencies , antisocial behavior and increased alcohol use. These teens also more often displayed narcissistic tendencies. • Kids who used technology, like the Internet and videoImagefrom:http://www.krogerla games, on a regular basis have more stomachw.com/blog/2012/07/med aches, sleeping problems, anxiety and depression.ical-quiz-famous-doctors-and-nurses/ • Rosen and his team found that most students were only able to maintain focus on their studies for two or three minutes before distracting themselves with technology, like text messages, mobile apps or the Web. • Rosen also revealed that the average teenager sends approximately 2,000 text messages per month, a massive amount of information processing that has been founded to be related to problems with sleep and concentration, as well as physical stress (Couts 2011).”
Other StatsD, Yamalis PhD, Evans, L PhD and Gallagher, RPhD share some interestong facts, “How much are kids using media?• The total amount of media use by youth ages 8 to 18 averages 6-plus hours a day—more than any other activity.• The amount of use has increased significantly, up from 4-plus hours in the last five years.• Eighty percent of adolescents possess at least one form of media access.• There is extensive multi-tasking associated with media use (instant messaging while doing homework and listening to music on an mp3 player, for example).
• From 2004 to 2009, television and video use averaged three to five hours per day, peaking between the ages of 11 and 14, a crucial period for kids social development. • Fifty-four percent of teens send text messages, and one third of teens send more than 100 text messages per day.Continued • One third talk face-to-face with friends, around the same percentage that talk on cell phones (38 percent) and land lines (30 percent). • Twenty-four percent communicate with friends via instant messages. • Twenty-five percent contact friends via social networking (D, Yamalis PhD, Evans, L PhD and Gallagher, R PhD , N.D.) “
So in conclusion while electronic communicationcan be helpful technology it can also cause all sortsof problems.This technology can cause problems but if you onlyif you let it control your life. Social skills are onlynoticeably affected when there is an excessiveamount of texting and online messaging beingdone. Social skills start to decrease when there is alack of of face to face where people can‟t learn theproper ways to interact and communicate with oneanother.If you don‟t interact with people you won‟t be ableto keep conversations or proper etiquette and soon.Conclusion
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