We may be physically isolated, but we will never be socially isolated fully Danny Bello 100141898 David Chabot 100144210
noun Sociology . a state or process in which persons, groups, or cultures lose or do not have communication or cooperation with one another, often resulting in open conflict (Dictionary.com,2012)
For the past years leading into the new millennium, there has been quite a technology boom. Cell phones and television have grown at such a fast pace, that its hard to keep with the new products that are coming out. However through all these advancements in technology, we begin to see a flaw, a trend that has been both negative and beneficial in our society. The topic we will be covering today is social isolation and Neurosis and the effects it has been creating in society today, and how we might not be as socially isolated as we thought.
In society today, we are more and more dependent on using our mobile phones for communication. Smart phones today are able to do anything from, sending e-mails, texting and searching the web, all from one convenient hand held device. Phone companies are now making it easier to text an individual rather than just calling them.
“Now we are more accustomed to depend on our hand held device to communicate to our friends, family, relatives and acquaintances rather than encountering them physically. Words and use of words are everything, theres hardly any need to relate physical expression or body language and silence in between words are just a sign of labor of expression rather than any indication toward a secondary meaning of the verbal or written words.” ("How mobile technology," 2012)
It’s not a bad thing to send text messages or use your phone, because it does it make life more convenient, some individuals find their phones to be the most useful part of their day, like business owners or executives. This leads us into the addiction of texting where social isolation takes place. We all have our moments while texting, where we are not aware of our surroundings and end up in a pickle, just like this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpzj4PjNjU &feature=related
Some of us more than others become too caught up in the moment and are not aware of their physical surrounding, as shown in the video. Look around next time you’re in class or at the mall, and notice how many people are walking around glued to their cell phones rather than paying attention to where or what they’re doing.
This may often lead to Neurosis: Neurosis a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical, physiological, and mental disturbances (as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias) (merriam-webster,2012)
An addiction, which we can see more and more through social Medias like facebook. On average, a user spends 8 hours a DAY on Facebook. “Google may still be the world’s most visited website with users spending nearly 2 hours on the site in a given month. But the average U.S. Internet user spends nearly 4 times the amount of those hours on Facebook, according to a new study.” (Parr, 2011)
This new trend has been sweeping countries like a disease, with new users joining every day. Maing Facebook accessible by phone only excels the process of social isolation or Neurosis. Although mobile phones have taken a role in social isolation, users are not fully isolated yet. With apple releasing their new face time application, individuals are able to talk face to face on their phones. This however isn’t as good as physically talking to someone, it is better than just plain letters from a text message.
Video games, every teenagers passion, from just playing games on an iphone or ipad, to consol gaming to computer gaming we once again see this trend of social isolation and Neurosis. Video games have become more and more detailed, with some games even putting you in the action like the Nintendo wii and Xbox Kinect. It is because of these detailed games that individuals are locking themselves in their bedrooms and playing games all night and day.
“Over-dependence on video games could foster social isolation, as they are often played alone.” Since the majority of video games played today are played alone, individuals are more likely to develop or become socially isolated. Already isolated, these individuals will play more and more until they develop the addiction, this is when Neurosis develops, or WORSE.....FIRST PERSON SHOOTER DISEASE!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- jBKKV2V8eU (Sabella, 2011)
As many of you may know, there have been many incidents of teenagers dying because they’ve played too many hours sitting down, and those children that went on a killing spree because they saw it in a game. These are serious cases that maybe have been psychological problem, but that’s information for a whole new presentation!
Although many individuals have become addicted to video games, are they really socially isolated? Anyone who has taken part in an online game might debate it. Many games today are played online, and as many things in life the objective is to win. This is usually done by teaming up with members and forming a group. These groups or teams usually take a lot of communication, because you are against other humans on the other side. However sometimes these video games can give individuals the kind of communication skills that they wouldn’t have learned just by talking to friends at school. Some video games can teach teamwork or even simulate certain environments.
Take the U.S military for example: Todays U.S. military recruits enjoy an arsenal of simulators and video games that sharpen their fighting skills and may even protect them from the mental stresses of combat. (Hsu, 2010)
Video games would have to be considered one of the major ways to become socially isolated because of the addiction factor that game designers try and create. Although neurosis and social isolation is a serious matter, the fact is that not everyone who plays video games will become socially isolated or become addicted. Some may even learn or develop skills they couldn’t have learned otherwise.
Another major player in the trending social isolation and Neurosis problem is the internet. The majority of individuals spend most of their time in the day on the internet. A toll taken from the USA showed how great the usage hours are monthly. Although the statistics were taken in 2010, we can only imagine how much that number has gone up due to emerging countries having access to the internet. (Engagement, 2011)
Compared to those who do not use the Internet frequently, those who do—31 percent of the U.S. population, according to the study—spend a whopping 70 minutes less daily interacting with family, 25 minutes less sleeping and 30 minutes less watching television. (Dixon, 2005)
With the amount of time the internet has taken from our social life we should all be considered socially isolated. With such large amount of time being set aside for surfing the web, its not surprising that some individuals just lose themselves with all the endless data that there is to be found on the internet. Through Google almost any kind of information can be found, which makes it an endless information gallery.
We may be spending a lot of time in front of the computer screen, however are we fully isolated from any social communication?
Many individuals today like to join forums and communicate with others all the time. There seems to be a forum for just about anything today, for people who enjoy instruments, to book clubs. There are even dating sites that individuals join. So we may be on the internet for hours and hours on end, however we not fuly socialy isolated.
We have seen some of the many ways that individuals in society can become socially isolated or develop Neurosis. However we have also need a different view, of technology, and how it isn’t so evil. Although social isolation is a very serious matter and should be worked on, we are never full isolated socially. Technology may reduce our time from the outside world and physically from meeting others or communicating face to face. However it will never fully take away the social experience, some individuals might even become more social online than what they are in reality.
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