The concept of a “global village” or a united community around the world has only in these last few years become a concept widely thought of. However, it seems that the idea of a large-scale sharing of information has long been developing, whether intended or not. The tools of communication have long served a single purpose, that of transmitting information from people to people. Direct communication was long ago realized with sign language and speech, but when people spread out, a kind of indirect communication was needed. Thus we created (or rather, hired) the messenger. (Necessity is the mother of invention.)
This evolved later into a postal service, connected around the world by a network of synchronized offices of a similar nature. For a long time, indirect communication was the only way to communicate over long distances. Once the telegraph came along, however, people were able to instantly communicate information over long distances. This evolved somewhat into the telephone, which spawned the radio and television. As these were developed, the efficiency and clarity of these transmissions improved, and this allowed the world to know what was happening anywhere else in the world at any given time.
At this same time, programmable computers were finally coming to be used. Information was input to these machines and stored on tapes that could be put onto different computers to be run. This paralleled postal mail in a form of indirect communication. However, computers were also already based on intercommunication, because computers are systems of smaller functioning devices connected to perform a function or process. The evolution of computers communicating then evolved by extending direct connections between these large systems, sharing information. With the invention of the modem, computers could communicate piggybacking a system that people already used. As the modem developed, communications speeds increased. The state of convergence began when people were communicating increased types of information through these computers.
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First program data, statistics, stock market quotes, news, specific interest information, and finally personal information. Computers became a method of communication within themselves. The increased usage of modems for things like e-mail and on-line forums came about even before the Internet. Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) had a short-lived but popular life in the years leading up to the many commercial Internet providers we see today. As communication increased in popularity in this on-line form, companies became conscious of these opportunities and began to advertise on-line. This marks a point of acceleration, because once Corporate America finds an opportunity to turn a profit, then almost anything can become a growth industry.
BBSs became more elaborate with colorful interfaces, developed their own client software for ease of use, and formed networks of several bulletin boards permanently connected to provide an increased realm of communication. This concept of large interconnected networks brought recognition to the long-established government networks such as ARPA-Net, and those used with universities and libraries to exchange information. When these were combined, they formed massive networks circling the globe, which provided for long-distance communication between computers instantaneously. Commercial ?providers? spawned, giving access to this network to individuals from the comfort of their homes.
As technology evolved, such as in the development of HTTP and HTML, the Internet became easy to use and appealed to people other than those highly experienced with computers. To simplify the experience even further, companies tried to cut out the computer in the equation, shaping technologies like E-mail capable cell phones and WebTV. Conversely, as people were able to use TVs for the internet, TV cable companies began to use their massive house-to-house networks of previously laid dedicated cable (which was higher in quality than the traditional telephone lines) to offer the internet on faster, dedicated lines, that conveniently did not tie up phone lines while in use. (This improving technology also allowed us the bandwidth to connect an “Internet phone call” with someone any distance away, with excellent clarity and no long-distance fees.)
Other combinations of computers and television are available on Cable TV tuner cards that allow users to watch TV programs on their computers, but computers can also use televisions now instead of the regular monitors. New High Definition TVs also offer high-resolution images comparable to those of a large computer monitor when supplied with a digital TV signal. So where are all of these combinations of current and developing technologies leading to? Well, through trial and error, some of these will no doubt lose popularity or disappear due to redundancy. We are now given the choice to use our computer, connected through the internet via our TV cable outlet and displayed on our High-Definition TV, to watch “a TV show” broadcast via the internet.
The ultimate point of convergence I envision for the future is a single fiber-optic cable in our homes (perhaps brought to us by ShawTel?) as a conduit to what we know now as the Internet. Fad appliances like WebTV will be eliminated due to their inadequateness and will be replaced by integrated systems within a household. They will provide for our entertainment needs with interactive broadcast programs, news reports of only the stories or areas we request, and communication via a video and audio connection to anyone, anywhere in the world.
This battle for supremacy over who will control the future of communication will be fought largely between the telecommunications companies and the Cable TV companies. Perhaps mergers will be sought, or some companies will be run out of business because of their inability to keep up. Millions of dollars will be lost and billions will be made, but the end product will create a closely-knit global community, able to communicate instantly regardless of language or location.
The choices that I make in High School are very important. I know if I do not handle everything I need to, it will not be a good thing when I do not participate in graduation. This part of my portfolio is called the communication and technology section, to demonstrate these skills I chose the following items: First on the list is Oral Communication and Listening Skills. I included my interview presentation. The second/Third section are Written Communication and a word-processed document, to show that I have met these requirements I included my Kaffir Boy Project. Fourth on the list is sent information using e-mail, for this, I have included copies of e-mails that I have sent and received. Last is to create, edit, and analyze information using a spreadsheet or database, I included a spreadsheet for this part.
My interview presentation meets the requirements of Oral Communication and Listening Skills. It meets the requirements because in this I had to listen to the person I was interviewing. I also had to take notes and come up with a presentation that I would make to the class. For this assignment, I was expected to listen to the person I interviewed, and be able to record and present what was recorded during the interview. After the interview was finished I develop a presentation and give an oral report to the class.
The Kaffir Boy Project that I did shows written communication in the following ways. I was to read a story from my World Literature book, take notes, write an essay, and present it to my class. This demonstrates my ability to communicate both through the written word and orally written communications. Because I used a word processor to type this report this project also meets the requirements. To meet the e-mail requirement, I sent an e-mail to my advisor Mr. Clunn. About 3 days later I received a reply, included are copies of both e-mails.
Last year in my business application class we were to come up with our own spreadsheet. The spreadsheet that I came up with had to do with a few of my peers and shoe sizes. The point of the spreadsheet was to show that boys the same age as girls, usually, have bigger feet; a copy of the spreadsheet is included. As I go on trying to do everything that I can to graduate, I think back to what I should have been doing so that my senior year would not be so hard. I remember times that I should have been doing homework instead of putting it aside to do unnecessary things. I wish that I would have done things differently, and thought about how important I’ve come to realize High School is now.
The realm of technology is ever-changing and the new technological advances have transformed the way people communicate. Debating on how technology has changed the way we communicate and connect with other people seems to be the topic of the day. Technology has allowed people to keep in touch no matter the distance. One is able to communicate 24 hours around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days on an interpersonal level. What are the impacts of technology on communication? How do technologies mediate and change the ways in which humans communicate? How has the emergence of the internet, mobile phones, and social networks affected our communication in our daily lives?
This paper tries to find answers to these questions and examines how technology has advanced with age as well as discussing the impacts of technology particularly in the area of communication. To begin this examination and find answers to these questions, we begin by defining media and communication and outlining the stages of technological advancement from old age to the present day in the field of communication. The paper will highlight the use of the internet, newspaper, radio, and other media but it mostly dwells on the use of mobile telephony.
Communication is “the imparting or exchange of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium” (Daniel & Rod, 2011). On the other hand, media is defined as “the main means of mass communication (television, radio, and newspapers) regarded collectively.”Technology has changed everything in modern society. The way we communicate has been revolutionized by the advancement of new innovations in the telecommunication sector. Connecting with other people with ease is more feasible in today’s world and this is due to speed.
Several centuries ago books and newspapers reigned as the only choice of communication. Then later, innovators brought the radio and television before innovation was taken a notch higher with the coming of the personal computer (Johnson, 1997, p.3). With every new innovation, the reliance on books and newspapers as the mass medium of communication continued to reduce. With time, human culture has come to understand the power and the mechanisms involved in technology and invention. In today’s world, information has permeated in the cycles of change and development.
The world today, past and present can be studied at ease with the growing information technology. The technology has advanced with sheer velocity allowing different media to shape our thinking and habits. The people who were born during the television era thought that it was the climax of innovation but they suddenly found themselves acclimating to a new medium of the World Wide Web. Every time a new medium rolls out the perceptions towards the previous media you were used to changes (Johnson, 1997 p5). Technology proved to be powerful in the sense that no human being can predict what will change and what won’t with certainty.
The irony of it all is the fact that the influence of technology extends beyond generations to come. It is with no doubt that technology has changed the lives of human beings; information and entertainment are being received in a more convenient way. The innovation of having a conversation using a device called the telephone changed everything in communication. This became magical and one couldn’t believe such innovation would exist (Tofts, 1997, p.40)Media Technology and Online Communication. With the emergence of new media technologies, consumers have been empowered to ‘filter’ the information they want to receive. This allows them to have a choice of which news to watch or what information to listen to (Palmer, 2003 p.161).
Media consumption has been made an engaging experience with marketers studying the preferences of the consumers in order to reflect broader social changes in society. In today’s world, the computer is seen as a multi-purpose machine with work and leisure functions, therefore, creating more value. The rise of the internet has also made it possible to have virtual offices where the user can work from home or any convenient location. The flow of information from different media has greatly changed the social structures of society at different levels (Barry, 1999).
Digital media has enabled news and event to be channeled in real-time. The combination of internet and commerce has given birth to e-commerce sites providing huge potential for marketers to reach out to virtual communities. In the world today, there are numerous media screens within our surroundings. This ranges from the television sets in our houses, computer monitor at the office, mobile phones and MP3 players in our pockets and handbag.
Even when shopping or waiting to board a plane you’re most probably staring at screens with entertainment media (Soukup, 2008, p.5). Heavy marketing has been adopted by producers of mobile technologies targeting consumers who possess mobile phones with a picture and video capacity (Goggin, 2006, p.170). Media text producers have termed the mobile media as a “third screen” a device that consumers carry around with much ease. Unlike television screens, broader communication networks have been integrated into personal computers and mobile phones (Goggin, 2006, p.9).
The train, buses, and airplanes have been dominated by mobile screens providing passengers with entertainment as well as other media content especially advertisements (Caron & Carona, 2007, p.17). With a lot of commercial media content, the preferences of people change in their everyday lives. The world of popular media has become chaotic with hundreds of television channels to choose from, thousands of songs ready for download, and not forgetting millions of web pages to surf.
The emergence of social media like Facebook and Twitter has enabled people to manage interactions and relationships with many friends. Technologies have impacted interpersonal communication enabling people to interact more often than before. In addition to reducing the distance between people online communication with tools like Facebook and Twitter enable people to keep track of their contacts with friends and are more aware of the last time, they interacted with them. Online communication now incorporates more than one mode of contact to include text, voice, and body language.
The Impacts of Mobile Phone on Communication. The mobile phone is a device that has always been seen as connecting people who are far apart thus overcoming the geographical distance between them. The number of mobile phone users has continued to increase substantially. The mobile phone has been integrated as part of people’s lives in the sense that it’s available and easy to use keeping us connected to our families, friends, and business people (Ling, 2004, p.21-24).
The how and when the way we use our mobile phones impacts our communication not only to those we’re communicating to but also the people within our proximity. At this point, it is paramount to note the changes that have taken place and that have allowed the adoption of mobile phones. The tremendous proliferation of this device has drastically changed the traditional communication model. Who are the users of mobile phones and for what purposes do they use them? Has there been any change in the way mobile phone facilitates communication? How has the face to face interaction been affected by mobile calls? Has mobile communication enhanced relationships?
These are some of the questions that arise when we try to fathom the way communication has affected our personal and professional lives. There are sentiments that mobile phones have reduced humans to be emotionless beings. There no doubt about the revolution brought about the use of mobile phones in the way we communicate. There have been different perceptions among individuals and social levels in society in regards to mobile usage.
When we had fixed telephone lines that were put in a booth, telephones were seen as a business tool only and were placed in a fixed quiet environment. There was a restriction when it came to teenagers using these phones (Agar, 2003). The ‘birth’ of mobile phones brought changes and phone calls became a habit to many irrespective of age or location. Today, people can use mobile phones wherever they are in private or in public. People have been addicted to their mobile phones more than any other gadget known to man with the device remaining on throughout. Its portability enables people to carry it wherever they go (Castells, 1996).
A personal virtual network has been created whereby users can be available at all times to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. The geographical barrier has been destroyed making people feel close to one another and the face to face communication has been rendered rather less important with this mediated communication (Richard, 2004, p.22). Meetings and briefings have become obsolete with the communication being mediated by a computer or a phone. The mobile SMS (short messaging service) service and internet have become the most preferable communication channels for most teenagers and young people all over the world (Plant, 2000, p.23).
There are places where mobile phones have become taboo devices, places like church, and crucial corporate meetings. At such places, the mobile ring is seen as a nuisance. In other scenarios, it is seen as a destructive device by acting as a third party and especially to dating couples who want to have a private conversation. Any phone ring is seen as an ‘intruder’ and this harms the relationship between the partners (Plant, 2000, p.29). In his research, Plant observes that there are those people who use mobile as a means of managing privacy where calls are carefully selected’. He categorizes this group of people as ‘hedgehogs’.
The other category is those people who use mobile phones as a key central part of their life. They become so attached to the device and cannot do without it. The plant referred to this group as ‘fox’. They are regular users who need to feel connected with their families and friend. Their life will be dreadful if they lack the device (2000, p.32). Telephones have promoted the use of text messaging and modernization since it’s allowing people to communicate more both verbally and by texting in a more convenient and efficient way. SMS has made a communication to be more immediate ad users can customize the message at ease with the various applications installed in their mobiles (Richard, 2004, p. 100).
The advanced phones have email support as well as multimedia messages making chatting become a lifestyle to many who conduct business and those initiating intimate communication. It has emerged that SMS has made people become more united. Users have developed abbreviated messages which are now universally accepted as an appropriate language. The initial purpose of the phone to make calls has even lost taste with many people especially to the young generation. According to Reid &Reid, more than 85% of teenagers prefer texting to talking on their mobile usage (Reid & Reid, 2004, p.1). There is the ease of communication when it comes to texting in the sense that some formalities are eliminated making communication more personal.
Texting has helped the introverts who may lack skills to have phone conversation allowing them to express their true self towards other people leading to greater understanding and stronger relationships (Reid & Reid, 2004, p.8). The use of mobile technology has affected the personalities of people to a great extent. Today, more people are hiding their feelings, and whereabouts behind mobile phones and this has raised suspicions among families, friends, and couples.
People go through text messages of others just to find out more about the individual who might even have no clue about what is happening. Contrary to this most people believe that mobile is so crucial in enhancing the relationship between persons no matter the distance and that it bonds us together more than it separates us (Plant, 2000, p.58). The usage of mobile phones by children and teenagers has changed the way parents bring up their kids. Parenting has really changed as the parents try to increase their surveillance and monitor their children’s mobile usage.
Their concern is to know who communicate with their kinds and the kind of conversations they normally have. They are worried about the kind of social network the children create in their contact list. With the emergence of virtual communities, the influence of mobile phones has spilled over and affects parenting in general. Nonetheless, the primary purpose of mobile phones to facilitate communication has not changed. There is no doubt that technology has changed the way humans communicate. Great impacts can be seen in the way communication has changed the social structures of our society at all levels. Even in years to come, technology remains the driving force of the way people interact. The advancement of technology ensures that communication is quicker and that more people remain connected.
There has been an evolution in interpersonal skills with the advancement of technology and users should always be keen on adapting to new ways of communication. Technology has continually brought new methods of communication leading to the expansion of mediated communication. The reality of having one messaged shared across a huge audience (mass communication) is now with us. A situation where neither time nor geographical can limit the accessibility of information. We have seen the merging together of newspapers and books with computer technology so that the frequency and ease of reporting information and advertisements can be increased. The exposure of both individuals and society to the mediated communication has therefore affected our daily lives particularly on our culture and the way we communicate.
Technological development has had a strong impact on the way society communicates, particularly with its acceleration in the last few centuries. From the invention of the telegraph and the telephone to the advent of the Internet, technology has given people tools to not only keep in touch with each other but also express their feelings and opinions to a broader audience than would otherwise have been impossible. Everything has both a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as mixed baggage.
It is the purpose of this paper to discuss the positive and negative impacts of computer technology on communication. In this article, we would be discussing the impact of popular technological elements like emails, telephones, cellphones, etc. on our means of communication. Communication is an essential part of life. The use of technology can be a great help to people in communicating, reducing the time it takes. But technology can have consequences of reducing person-to-person interaction without the device as an intermediary.
Email. Electronic mail, or email, was one of the first changes in how people use technology to communicate with individuals. The ability to release information to many different people at once, without calling a meeting or requiring printing of the materials, turned into money- and time-saving device.
Text Messaging. Text messaging also has its own language, an abbreviated form of speech that has found its way into classrooms and businesses. People are more likely to pull out their phone and start texting while sitting at the table for dinner or while having a conversation in person. The actions of texting may seem rude under conventional social norms, leading to misunderstandings.
Instant Messaging. Instant messaging has been around since the 1990s. It was primarily used by people to communicate while doing homework and just to keep in touch. It was texting before text messaging became affordable. Businesses realized the potential of real-time communication at the computer between employees and implemented it. Instant messaging, or IM, has allowed people to reach other people without having to use the phone.
Social Media. Social media have been a revolution in how people plan events and communicate with one another. Rather than talking to their friends in person, they can post a comment about their life. The revolution of social media has allowed people to rekindle friendships, make new friends, and gain new interests.
- Positive Effects of Technology on Communication
Technology has transformed the once big and far world into a tiny global village. Thanks to technology, we now have the power to communicate with anybody on the other side of the world. The points below summarize these benefits.
- Keeping in Touch
For more than a century now, technological advances have brought the world closer, making communication across long distances easier. Telegrams are faster than letters; phone calls, in turn, are faster than telegrams, as well as easier and more pleasant, since they require no go-between and allow users to hear each other’s voice. Cell phones take this one step further, allowing people to call and speak with each other regardless of their location. Online communication of all types is the most efficient yet, with email being a near-instantaneous version of the paper letter; webcams, paired with communication programs such as Skype, iChat or Google Video Chat, make it possible to see the person you are speaking with rather than just hear his voice.
- Doing Business
The same technological advances that have simplified and improved personal communication have also had the same beneficial effects on business. Communication between colleagues is near-instantaneous whether they are a few rooms or a few countries apart; video conferencing allows companies to have workers scattered around the globe while but still hold efficient meetings and discussions; business networking is made easier by social media and online networks designed specifically for that purpose, such as LinkedIn. Perhaps most importantly, companies can expand beyond their local market and gain a wider customer base simply by maintaining an active online presence.
- Overcoming Disabilities
Technology has both improved communication for disabled people and made it possible where it previously wasn’t. Hearing aids boost the hearing of partially deaf people, making it easier to understand speech, while cochlear implants restore hearing to the completely deaf. Speech-generating devices give people with severe speech impairments a way to express themselves: perhaps the most famous user of such a device is scientist Stephen Hawking. Further advances in technology may result in functional brain-computer interface systems, restoring the ability to communicate to people who have lost it entirely, such as sufferers of locked-in syndrome.
- Reaching a Broader Audience
As people’s ability to communicate improves, the reach of their messages widens. This can be especially important in politics and activism. For instance, photos and video recorded covertly through a cell phone can be quickly and easily shared online through websites such as YouTube, making it harder for oppressive regimes to keep control; social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can be used to organize and coordinate meetings and protests. The Egyptian revolution of 2011-2012 was spurred greatly by social media.
- The Negative Effects of Technology on Communication. Privacy
Communicating via computers can help people bridge large geographical gaps and access remote information, but doing so may open up a person’s privacy more than they might want. With an in-person meeting or phone conversation, there is a relative assurance that details of those exchanges will remain private. However, with email, text messaging, or message boards, there is a record of what people say. Information is not just thrown out into the air like speech but is stored as a permanent record. There is an inherent danger when third parties can access these online “conversations.” Similarly, social networks and other Internet-based communication tools are vulnerable to privacy breaches, as users often engage in these activities on public networks, leaving personal information, potentially, out in the open.
The fact that most communication taking place on computers comes in the form of a text can actually be a negative in terms of our ability to understand things clearly. Even with email, it is possible for the information to be misconstrued or the emotion of a statement to be missed. Saying “thanks a lot” to someone in an e-mail message, for instance, could be used to genuinely relay gratitude. On the other hand, it could indicate a negative feeling of someone being put in a tough position. The context clues that a person provides with their body language and tone of voice are lost in this scenario. Users get around some of this confusion by using emoticons — keyboard characters that serve as a shorthand for mood and feeling — but a great deal of subtlety can be missed without seeing how someone reacts with their body language and voice.
Society’s dependency on computers for communication is also a dangerous game, as outside forces can prevent communication in a variety of ways. Earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes have caused various slowdowns and stoppages of Internet connectivity for people all over the world. Additionally, reliance on social networks and email can have the unintended consequence of opening a person up to identify theft attempts and email scams. Even the outside force of political unrest can threaten a user’s ability to communicate, as the 2011 demonstrations in Cairo and Libya resulted in government shutdowns of the Internet, drastically curtailing each country’s ability to communicate, both nationally and internationally.
- Impact on children
The minds of children are like blank pages. As we know that the generation of this era has a high level of dexterity. Their elevated cleverness allows them to fill those pages very fast with the provided information. Such information can be extracted not only from books and other educational materials but also from games, TV shows, and texting. . Now, more and more people are interacting with others through different platforms like apps, role-playing online games, social networks, etc.
This advancement has hampered the physical interaction skills of many children. Due to that, they don’t know how to interact with others when they meet them in-person or what gesture they should carry. Limited use of gadgets can be quite useful for children as it will allow them to be up to date with the current technology. However, the overuse of these advancements can really hamper or even damage their development in the personal growth, communication, and educational department.
- Elevated Exasperation
These days, children indulge themselves on the internet, games, or texting. These activities have affected their psyche negatively, consequently leading to increased frustration. Now they get frustrated whenever they are asked to do anything while playing games or using the internet. For instance, when their parents ask them to take the trash out, they get furious instantly. This behavior has shattered many parent-children relationships.
- Deteriorated Patience
Patience is a very precious virtue and its scarcity could deteriorate a person’s Will. Determination is a necessity that comes with patience and without it, no individual can survive the hardships of life. According to studies, tolerance in children is vanishing quite increasingly due to the improper use of technology. For example, children get frustrated quickly when they surf the internet and the page they want to view takes time to load.
- Declining Writing Skills
Due to the excessive usage of online chatting and shortcuts, the writing skills of today’s young generation have declined quite tremendously. These days, children are relying more and more on digital communication that they have totally forgotten about improving their writing skills. They don’t know the spelling of different words, how to use grammar properly, or how to do cursive writing.
CONCLUSION. While technology did make communications faster and easier, it has also made, at times, communication more distracting and less clear. With any technological innovation and use of computers, communication issues of privacy, trust, security, and social control have been raised as computers have become more pervasive. As you can see, the impact is both positive and negative. But logically thinking, technology has bettered the communication process and has done negligible harm. The positive points of the technological advancements cover up the negative points. It all depends on how we use these means; use the technological means of communication for sane purposes, and don’t abuse them for malicious motives.
Communication is the exchange of information and feeling or ideas, which allow the majority of people to get the news of all sides. In addition, we have used communication every day to let people know what we are doing or thinking even feeling which people are received that by voice, picture, or chat. Moreover, communication technologies have made it simple to communicate with friends on the other side of the world by calling them using a mobile phone, e-mailing them, and writing on our web pages using social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Messenger.
Additionally, many other recourses are used by the majority of people to keep in touch with the world, which they can watch television or listen to the radio, etc. Secondly, it is made the work easily and flexibly which doctors do not need to stay all the time in front of the office due to they can be answered the inquiries by the internet, which takes less time to do ( Benefits of.net 2011). Next, it is helped the sick people, especially who are stayed in the hospital to contact nurses and doctors by using unified communication, which mean allow hospitals to do one big safe network contains more kinds of communication such as, computers, internet, voice and video (Dr. Sands, D 2008). Then, hospitals use a specific website which allows sick people to know if they work or not and find all information about the hospital such as, what is the hospital for.
Finally, a lot of people use communication technology to organize their lives such as some applications to add suggestions for their diet (CSC-Star.net 2011). The disadvantages of communication technology in health: First, it is the reason for some health problems such as obesity and back problems by spending a lot of time in front of the computers (CSC-Star.net 2011). Next, using a mobile phone for more time can be damaged sperm (Daily Express 2006). Finally, the psychological impact for young people who use the new technologies and spend a lot of time in it rather than learning how to talk to people which means stay and communicate online and that what they prefer.
The idea of “family” can be defined as a network of blood relations, the concept of “home” can be described as a physical building. New media technologies are having a major impact on society and it can assist in increasing interaction amongst families by bringing family members together. New media technologies within a household can lead to the growing privatization of family life, with individuals increasingly using technology independently rather than collectively. Everything has both a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as mixed baggage.
There is no doubt that communication with our family members today has changed in recent years. Just a decade ago, text messaging and emails were not methods of family communication. Today, they are widely used by families around the world. For example, parents use text messages to remind children of their dentist appointment. Children send emails to their parents to give them their Christmas lists. These are just a few of the many ways in which technology has changed the way families communicate in the modern world.
Some people say that technology is impacting families in a negative way. for example, instead of playing together or chat while they eat dinner they text on their phones or turn on the television which effects the family relationship. Technological communication had affected the face to face interaction, people now calling their parents and friends instead of meeting them in person and interact with them, for that they lost the ability to read body language and social cues in other people. because Human beings use physical gestures, the tone of voice, to express themselves.
One of the major problems is the lack of privacy, people now don’t think twice about sharing personal information or their location which is very dangerous, nat person can locate them and attack them without any fatigue. Sadly people have literally become addicted to the Internet, social media, and cell phones, and this addiction has led to many anxiety disorders in young people. for that, they always fell lonely and desperate. “Technology has transformed the once big and far world into a tiny global village Sangean, 2012)”.
The technology offers many new advantages for social interaction through social networking sites, create many new opportunities for communicating with family and friends. Many families find email, chat rooms, and face timing useful for keeping in touch with family members who live far away or even for keeping better communication with those who live nearby. Without technology, we would have a difficult time connecting with long-distance family members on a regular basis. Technology has made it easier to keep in touch with friends and old relationships.
One of the great points is the widespread use of cell phones and the Internet, which interests all family members and brought them to talk and share new ideas and stay in touch and communicate regularly. Does Technology Improve Family’s Communication? “A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (2008) suggests that technology improves communication among families. The study revealed that technology is helping create a new “connectedness” within families. The survey showed that 70 percent of couples in which both partners have cell phones contact each other at least once a day, 42 percent of parents call their children at least once a day.
The majority of study participants reported that technology has either butted their communication with other family members or made no difference. Other few said technology has damage the communication in their families (Impact Of Technology On Family Communication Media Essay, 2015 )”. Dr. Jeffrey S. McQuillen, assistant professor of speech communication at Texas A&M University, shared that the influence of technology can be a hindrance to interpersonal relationships. The positive of the Internet has made the world smaller in terms of global interaction, but larger in terms of one-on-one relationships. He believes the more children are left to themselves and the Internet, the less likely we are to see familial interdependence.
The impact is both positive and negative. Technology has bettered the communication process between families, and allows us to interact virtually and instantly with family members, and has done negligible harm. The positive side of the technological elements of communication covers up the negative side. It all depends on how we use the technological means of communication for good purposes, and don’t abuse the technology for malicious motives. If that happens, technology will then prove to be a complete boon to mankind. Without technology, we would have a difficult time connecting with long-distance family members on a regular basis.
Example #7 – interesting ideas
Communication and Technology? Do you think communication has improved due to technology? Why or why not?
Update: I wasn’t asking for an essay just opinions that’s all.
Answer. Yes and No.
Yes because it is so much easier to talk to people via the improvements in technology (e.g. the internet). It’s easier to talk to people across long distances and thus it is easier to keep in touch with people (that wasn’t possible years ago). Communication via social networks and e-mails provide instant, free (sorta), and hassle-free communication between two different people. Picture and sound technology, even live web-cam feeds are now available for use for free over the internet, making communication open to the public (and not just those with “communication careers.”)
No, because with the increase in technology comes the increase in the digital divide. While in Europe and the United States, internet access (and access to technology in general) is prevalent, in less-developed areas like South America, Africa, and parts of Asia/Middle East, technology is truly scarce. Communication between countries in those continents and upper-developed countries is slowly drawing closer to non-existence. The digital divide (information gap) grows bigger with increase technology, and thus brings the developed parts of the world progressively more distant from the under-developed/less-developed parts of the world.
What do you see is the biggest problem in people and communication essays? I need some ideas on how or what to write in my essay. The topic is: What do you see is the biggest problem in people communication. I think It would have a lot to do with technology, but what should I include.
Answer. In technology (such as IM, email, or phones): the problem is- not communicating with people face to face. Sometimes you can’t receive the full impact or meaning of a conversation without seeing certain gestures, hearing tones, and even the possibility of a reply being lost. Especially in email. While convenient, they lack a certain charm of expression, and once you send it, you can never take it back. Contrary to that, I personally think the wording is another problem. In a face to face conversation or conversation over the phone, there are usually issues with finding the right words on the spot. Whereas, in writing, you have time to think it over and form a thought-out reply.
Technology and communication go hand-in-hand nowadays. You use the Internet to communicate with your family, friends, teachers, classmates, and co-workers. E-mail, IM, Text messaging, and blogs allow people to communicate in ways that were not possible before. While E-mail has replaced the use of formal letters and memorandums in many areas of the corporate world, text messaging devices such as Blackberries can now allow workers to communicate with the office 24/7 regardless of their time or location.
Technology also allows for people to communicate and exchange ideas or data in real-time – no more “let’s fly to Tokyo and meet with our investors” – now conferences can be held through videoconferences or net (virtual) meetings. This is not to say that technology should replace face-to-face and personal communications, but the reality is that it facilitates our daily activities and saves us time and money.
ICT (information and communications technology – or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems, and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries. The term is somewhat more common outside of the United States.
According to the European Commission, the importance of ICTs lies less in the technology itself than in its ability to create greater access to information and communication in underserved populations. Many countries around the world have established organizations for the promotion of ICTs because it is feared that unless less technologically advanced areas have a chance to catch up, the increasing technological advances in developed nations will only serve to exacerbate the already-existing economic gap between technological “have” and “have not” areas. Internationally, the United Nations actively promotes ICTs for Development (ICT4D) as a means of bridging the digital divide.
Allow users to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies. ICT tools can be used to find, explore, analyze, exchange, and present information responsibly and without discrimination. ICT can be employed to give users quick access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities, and cultures.
Technology and communication? What type of technology is used to help people who are disabled communicate with others? For example for people who are deaf, blind, mute, and so on.
Answer. Mute: People who cannot talk using an Augmentative Communication Device
Deaf: Hearing Aids, Amplified cordless phone with called ID, Loud Phone ringer, Alarm clocker with bed shaker, portable phone ringer, Cochlear implants, A lot of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can read lips when you talk to them.
Blind: Telephones and phonographs have great benefits for people with visual disabilities because they offer inexpensive access to both entertainment and information. Large print books, computerized versions of popular novels, audiotapes of books.
Technology and communication today? What are some technological advancements that have made business writing easier? What are the drawbacks to using those same technological advancements in the workplace? I don’t do business writing very much, but I do informational writing, so maybe I can answer this. Or at least get you started.
If you had been a college student many years ago, you would not have access to computers or the Internet. The Internet is a marvel to those of us who had to make carbon copies of term papers. If you made an error, you had to erase both the original and the carbons. Ugh! What a mess! I can find almost everything I need for writing an informational paper on the Internet. I have taught an entire college semester without a textbook. My students have websites that I have carefully chosen, and they read the texts and do the assignments totally on a computer. By the same token, you could probably do business writing the same way.
Think how easy it is to revise and edit your work on a computer. Why the computer even tells you words that may be misspelled or grammar that may be faulty. You, of course, have to check these out, because the computer may miss a word that is used incorrectly but is spelled correctly. As for forms and applications, you can make them in Microsoft Word, and they look very professional. You can email or fax them also. You can do business faster and easier.
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