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Is Technology Driving Us Apart?
The picture above can describe the social relationships of many people. Even though you can be sitting right next to someone, you can still be by yourself because you are so intrigued in your phone, iPad, tablet, etc. Technology has become a modern, easier, and quicker way to communicate with others. However, has it replaced the way humans used to communicate with each other? Before the iPhone 5, laptop computers, and even email, face-to-face interaction was prime. While communicating through text and email, you don’t get to experience the true emotion of human interaction.
Some may agree that collaborating together online can be very faster than trying to find a place and time for everyone to meet. In Lehrer’s article, a study by Isaac Kohane showed that the scientists who communicated in person had higher quality papers. This is not to say that technology cannot be helpful when working with other people, but working together in person can be more effective. “Attached to Technology and Paying a Price” displayed how people can consume so much time into technology it can affect them psychologically and hinder family life. Trying to do more than one task at once can increase your chances to be distracted and the studies done by Stanford in this article “show multitasking’s lingering effects: “The scary part for guys like Kord is, they can’t shut off their multitasking tendencies when they’re not multitasking.” It is as though our society has become addicted and socially dependent on technology, and there is even concern for our children.
With technology becoming increasing elaborate, who is to say that our children will not fall into the same obsession with technology. In “The Social Impact of ‘Everywhere’ Technology”, Hartwell states that even though technology such as video games can help with coordination skills, they would still want to be entertained by a video game, thus making them “less capable of seeing or comprehending the world around them”. Using you phone to view the world instead of your own two eyes proves how big of a distraction technology can be.
In “Dangerous distraction” I learned that “cell phone users are more likely to drift out of their lanes and miss their exits than people having in-person conversations”…. “Last year, Americans sent more than 600 billion text messages—10 times the number they sent three years ago. And 41 percent of us have logged onto the Internet outside our homes or offices, either with a wireless laptop connection or a handheld device, finds a 2007 Pew Internet Project survey” (Novontney). Technology has become an easy route to access our Twitter, Facebook, email, etc., but people do not seem to realize that they are putting themselves in danger when they focus their attention on their phones instead of the road. The article states “One such study, published in Human Factors (Vol. 48, No. 2), suggests that a driver talking on a cell phone is more impaired than one with a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.08” (Novontney). Seriously people, put down the phone and focus on driving! You can save the lives of others as well as your own. From a personal account, thanks to focusing all of his attention on his phone instead of the road, Mathew Honan almost got into an accident. In addition, his experiment showed the numerous amount of social and location apps, such as Flickr, Picasa, Whrill, and FriendFeed, which I did not find surprising, however, Honan’s experiment reiterates my point: with the vast amount of apps and programs that technology provides for people to communicate and work, people are seeming to forget how to truly communicate with each other. While you are updating your Twitter or Facebook account every two minutes, or trying to work on multiple projects for work all at once, don’t forget the world that is beyond the computer screen. Go out, meet up with friends, have fun outside, have a drink, and try not to text the dinner table!
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