ENC 1102 - 586361
Inst. Lisa Edmunds
Fall 2010 – Online
Communication – Electronic versus Face to Face
In this day and age it is very easy to sit at the computer and communicate with someone on the other side of the world or in another city, but has it gone so far that we live in a society that is comfortable communicating online with someone in the same city or even the same building? Is that such a bad thing? With easy access to email, text messages and community boards plus lifestyles that are notably busier than in decades past it is no surprise that we are now dependent upon electronic communication in place of face to face for the majority of the connections in our lives. When it comes to staying in touch with people that you otherwise would not have time, or the inclination, to contact, these electronic forms of communication can save and build upon relationships that otherwise might have fallen to the wayside. Not only is electronic communication helpful for the revitalization of old relationships but also statistics show that many choose to use these options as a type of relationship maintenance. To stay in contact with those that we see everyday such as spouses, friends and coworkers it has become prevalent to just text them instead of calling or visiting. This new form of communication is sometimes more convenient during activities that you normally couldn’t call or leave where you were and is a handy option for quick “just so you know” type communications. The New York Times reports: “The Pew Research Center found that half of American teenagers — defined in the study as ages 12 through 17 — send 50 or more text messages a day and that one third send more than 100 a day. Two thirds of the texters surveyed by the center’s Internet and American Life Project said they were more likely to use their cell phones to text friends than to call them.” Although this is not the most personal type of communication is...
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