The effects of Communication Technology
COM/150-Effective Essay Writing
October 28th 2012
How many times a day do you think your cell phone is ringing when it isn’t? How many times a day do you look at your phone to see if you have a text or use your phone to access the Internet? Do you ever ask yourself the question “What would I do without my cell phone?” Think of the days when there were no cell phones, no Internet, and no modern means of technology. Communication technology has made society better and stronger in every way, because of mobile phones; computers, the Internet, and television we have enhanced our future and have become even more effective. We now have the world at our fingertips. According to “A new poll by National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government shows that people overwhelmingly think that computers and the Internet have made American’s lives better.” (National Public Radio, 1999). Communication technology is much more than a trend — it’s a need. Mobile technology and the Internet completely have altered the way in which we as a society communicate with each other. The impact of technology is profound. People have become extremely dependent on technology, affecting the way society communicates, in various positive ways. The transformation in the way society communicates with each other has changed tremendously throughout the decades. In the past, we have only had a small number of ways to communicate and these were primarily face- to- face or by telephone. However, now we can communicate through email, text messaging, computers, social networking sites and even television. First, Ray Tomlinson invented e-mail in 1972. Email is a fast and convenient way to send messages and keep in touch with others from all corners of the world through the Internet. Also email has replaced traditional mail in the process. There is no longer a need for writing letters, sending birthday cards, or mailing invitations. Therefore, it becomes a faster way to communicate. Second, text messaging, or “texting,” is a short message exchanged between two or more users on mobile phones. Most mobile users find text messaging a way to communicate, when answering the telephone is impossible or undesirable. According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, “75% of cell phone owners say that they text.” Society also is communicating through the use of social networking sites. Social networking usage is most popular with ages 18-49. “Women seem to have been significantly more likely to use social networking sites then men. In May 2011, 69% of women were users of social networking sites, compared with 60 % of men.” (PewResearchCenter Publications, 2011). Technology has definitely changed the way we communicate, but how is it affecting interpersonal communication? Technology has affected interpersonal communications in a variety of ways, both positive and negative. For example, the Internet has made it possible for people to communicate from all corners of the world quickly and easily. Family and friends are able to stay in touch by emails, sharing pictures, and even communicate face- to-face through web cam, but on the other hand people seem to be losing personal connection and is it affecting socialization. We as a society may be weakening the bonds of communication. Communication between parents and their children is affected because of the lack of quality time spent as a family. For instance, in previous generations families sat down socializing and talking. However, children today are separated in their bedrooms on computers, phones and watching televisions. ‘Today television and computers are replacing family time.” According to an Observational study by Brody, “Studies have shown that when the TV is on, children and parents are oriented towards each other less of the time, they talk less and have fewer...
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