Dependency on Technology : Negative Impact on Human Communication

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Dependency on Technology:
Negative Impacts on Human Communication

Quazi Mohammad Faisal
North South University

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Abstract

Technology has indeed made tremendous impact to society as well as on the quantity and manner by which we communicate with each other. The ease of communication may have been improved, but our lives have become more impersonal as a result. The research was focused on the area of technology’s application on our lives and how it is affecting our interpersonal communication. The research was initiated in the belief that the abundant use of technology might be influencing the real human communication. The primary research was performed by questioning certain individuals regarding their usage of various technologies and how this made impressions on their lives. The findings showed that the increasing dependency on technology is actually hindering the interpersonal communication. Furthermore, the secondary research on the topic also provided various data and information that also suggests that this technology dependency is also creating impediments for the real human communication. The findings of both form of researches eventually confirms the hypothesis.

Table of Contents

Introduction5
Background8
Research Questions12
Hypothesis13
Research Methodology14
Data Presentation and Analysis15
Summary of Research Findings26
Conclusion27

Introduction

Technology is the process by which humans modify the nature and their surroundings to meet their needs and wants. Most people, however, think of technology in terms of new stuff, like computers, cell phones, high performance cars, iPods, tall building long bridges, to name a few. But technology is more than these tangible products. According to Smallman (2007), “Technology is the evolution of an idea. It’s the thinking of a man or woman who sees before them an opportunity to improve a process, or to create a device or object that facilitates, improves or aids something or someone else.” In short, technology can be simply understood as the knowledge and use of tools to control and adapt to our environment.

The advent of technology can be traced way back from the evolution of man. The early humans invented the use of stone tools which were essentially fractured rock that would be used like a modern day axe. The discovery of fire, clothing and shelter were major technological advancements. The invention of the wheel catapulted advancements in transport and energy. The discovery of iron and its alloys such as steel was a major revolution as well. And today, there has been a giant leap in modern day astrology, with numerous satellites has been launched into space. Technology has opened many doors for people. Technological fields have created new technology, creating new jobs, which create even more technology. Technology cycle is actually never ending.

With this evolution of technology over time, communication is one aspect which has been evolved immensely as well. Communicating today is very different than what we used to do in earlier days. And it is going to be even more different in all the days to come, for sure. Among the communication mediums, human communication or interpersonal communication is the one which has been influenced directly with the application of technology on our life. In simple words, human communication refers to exchanging messages between two or more persons (Tomasello, 2008). That means when we are talking to our family members, gossiping with our friends or attending a class in the university, these all are human communication. In this regard, Denning (2007) pointed that; “Human communication is never one-way. It not only calls for a response, but is shaped in its very form and content by the anticipated response.” Even more precisely, it can be said human communication is the face-to-face communication, like two or more people talking, interacting. Human communication is an...
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