Technology and Communication Effects on Life


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Technology and Communication Effects on Life

  1. 1. Davila 1Jonathan DavilaProfessor DoughertyENGL 1C24 September 2012 Communication Deterioration Throughout time people have always communicated with each otherthrough words and actions while confronting the other person face to face.Now times have changed, and technology has caused a decline in our socialskills due to online websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and using cellphones to send out text messages instead of calling. In Cooper and Patton’sbook Writing Logically, Thinking Critically, they say that “Language can givebirth to thought, and written language provides a way to refine our thoughtssince, unlike speech, it can be manipulated until it accurately reflects ourthinking” (Cooper and Patton 1). Speaking is an important park of our dailylives because it gives out an idea we have in our head unlike typing out amessage on a cell phone or online website. Technology has had both apositive and negative effect on our communication with others. Even thoughwe have these types of sites and the ability to talk through the phone, we stilldo not have face to face communication as much as we used to. Instead peopleuse online chat, texting, webcam and other technological advances people usenowadays. Face to face communication is the most important type ofcommunication because we are able to have an actual person in front of us
  2. 2. Davila 2rather than to be staring at a computer screen or a few letter symbols on ourphones. In our daily lives people use computers to communicate with othersthrough sites such as Facebook, Skype and Twitter. These sites both have theirbenefits and negative effects on how we communicate. In Matt Ritchel’sarticle “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction,” he explains howyounger people nowadays use these forms of technology rather then meetingup in a public place. Ritchel states that these younger people are “caughtbetween two worlds, one that is virtual and one with real life demands”(Ritchel). Some benefits to using these sites are the ability to communicatewith friends who have moved out of state or with family living in anothercountry. By using this online form of communication, people are able to speakwith one another without being charged any fees unlike using a phone. Thedownside to these websites is that people have become less social with peoplearound them. Instead of going out and meeting up at a coffee shop, they justgo on Facebook and message each other for hours. This has caused people tostop interacting with their friends and having a good time in the real world. In the last 50 years, phones have been playing a big role in how we communicate with others. Phones have been a great way of hearing someone’s voice and having a conversation without face to face interaction. In an online article “How Cell Phones Are Killing Face-to- Face Interactions” by Mark Glaser, he states that, “Whether you are dating someone, interviewing someone, or just meeting someone for the
  3. 3. Davila 3 first time, there is a special quality about face-to-face interactions” (Glaser). With cell phones we lose the ability see the other person’s expressions to see whether they really mean what they are saying or if they are saying the truth or just making up lies as they speak. Even though people still hang out and talk they will spend time looking at their phones rather then the person they are speaking too. The downfall to phone communication started with a new technology known as the cell phone which has had a huge impact on how humans communicate and this is causing a negative effect on society. Cell phones have also changed how we talk to one another with texting. Many times now a person will just send a text rather than take the time to call and actually talk to a person. Texting also prevents us from expressing emotions because we send a smiley to someone even though we are mad or sad, but the other person has no idea how we are feeling. Texting may also affect how we interact with one another when meeting up in person. Instead of telling a person you will call them when a arriving at a certain place most people will just send a text and avoid the conversation. Texting can be seen as a negative effect because it is destroying our way of speaking with others and is almost like trying to avoid a person. Technology has caused a negative effect on the way peoplecommunicate in our everyday lives. Technology has advanced greatly and hascaused many changes in our society. Some examples can be shopping andwhen we check in at an airport. Shopping online has become a nationwide
  4. 4. Davila 4sensation because rather than going to the store people go online. This affectsour communication greatly because rather than going to the store and askingquestions to a store clerk people just go online to a store website and can justsend a message to a chat box and get a quick response. Airport services havealso changed because a few years back people had to wait in line to speakwith a flight attendant to get our boarding passes and to make sure our flightwould be on time. Now airports have machines in which people just inputtheir last name or scan your passport and you can print out your boardingpasses without having to interact with anyone. This is a problem because it isimportant for us to communicate with everyone even if we do not know theperson because this will help us develop our social skills in life. The developments of technology have greatly affected our lives in anegative way and people should realize how the world would be without thistype of technology. If our technology communication sources were one daydestroyed would people start going out or go insane because they have beenliving a life where we do not communicate with one another through wordsbut with symbols instead. A lesson that everyone can learn from today is thatcommunication is highly important to succeed in life and people should findways to speak with another person rather than trying to avoid others bymessaging. People need to realize these facts immediately or our form ofcommunication will deteriorate and they will no longer socialize with othersin the real world. Remember next time a person decides to send a text or a
  5. 5. Davila 5online message to someone just call them instead and meet up in person soyou can communicate with another individual in person.1162 Words Work CitedCooper, Sheila, and Rosemary Patton. Writing Logically, Thinking Critically. 6th ed. New York: Longman, 2010. Print.Glaser, Mark. "MediaShift." PBS. Mediashift, 22 Oct. 2007. Web. 17 Sept. 2012. < killing-face-to-face-interactions295.html>.Richtel, Matt. "YOUR BRAIN ON COMPUTERS; Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction." The New York Times. Jim Wilson, 21 Nov. 2010. Web. 17 Sept. 2012.