The effects of technology of communication has pros and cons, and has definitely effected society and the way we communicate with each other. Technology in some cases has mad it harder for humans to interact with each other face-to-face because we have become accustomed to texting, emailing, and other ways of indirectly communicating. Sitting down and having a conversation with another human has become a hard task because no one ever does it anymore. Why would we talk face-to-face, when we can control how we talk and other people’s perceptions of us, via text or messaging communication. “it seems many can unknowingly become so reliant they may begin to hide behind a text message to avoid an array of self-disclosure, whether positive or negative, in close relationships.”(Carter, 2017)
I do believe the mere presence of technology does have an effect on peoples ability to communicate in a public place, because when we are in a crowd, it is easier to look down at your phone and try to text someone rather than make conversation with a stranger or communicate face to face. Why exert the energy and potentially be awkward and weird, when you can just look and sound cool on the internet. This is not the case for everyone, but it is much easier to escape into technology, than it is to communicate in public places.
The question of whether technology has affected the quality and quantity of face to face interactions is a difficult question, because on the one side, technology has made it harder to have a real life conversation because we can hide behind our phones and computers, but it has also given us the ability to speak to people on the other side of the world, that potential we never could have spoken to before. “The possibility of high quality communication from anywhere in the world to anywhere else at low costs has led to a marked decline in face-to-face communications and to an increased reliance on verbal and written communication over electronic mediums.” (Nayab, 2019)
I definitely think that humans will only become more dependent on technology and the use of technology to communicate with others. I think that human interactions will continue to decline, but will not be completely eliminated, because humans need face to face social interaction. I think that we should sending a text, because all humans crave connection and interaction.step back from technology sometimes, and have conversations with strangers, or have long conversations instead of just
Carter, Z. (2017, June 27). Are You Hiding Behind Your Texts? Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/clear-communication/201706/are-you-hiding-behind-your-texts
Nayab, N. (2019, December 16). How Has Technology Changed Communication? Retrieved from https://www.brighthubpm.com/methods-strategies/79052-exploring-how-technology-has-changed-communication/