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Media-Boon or Bane

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Elan Tedronai
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01-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Has the advent of modern instantaneous global communication (email, IM, text messaging) been a boon or bane to society? Are the short term advantages worth the long term disadvantages? Or, is it merely a horizontal shift in the paradigm of inter-personal communication rather than a vertical shift?

I have minimal scientific facts on the matter, but I would like to put forth some of my own opinions. If you think about how the oft cited study by UCLA that says up to 93% of the effectiveness of communication is non-verbal relates to modern communication, (7% verbal, 38% vocal, 55% body language) it's pretty clear that there's something left to be desired in the way we communicate. Now that's not saying 93% of the information is non-verbal, but it's the effectiveness of the conversation. (You can't take the words out of a conversation and expect to get 93% of the intended meaning.) Obviously the content of the message would greatly affect this percentage; a technical conversation would be affected less than a personal one.

What does that mean? That means that a large portion of our conversations require the skill of reading body language and vocal but non-verbal (volume and pitch) cues. Since modern communication eliminates these cues, the speed at which, and the level of skill one achieves through practice is greatly diminished. In effect, this would retarď the social development of a person at a rate dependent on the level of modern communication one uses. I'm thinking kids and technically savvy adults. I have personally seen these effects. The quality of social interaction I have with people that fall...
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