Technology and Communication

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Eddie Xu
Professor Carl Schlachte
ENGLISH 1010
October 5, 2012
How Does Technology Advancement Affect Our Generation?
Over the last ten years, technology has advanced tremendously. As a result, people are able to communicate better and easier than before. Emails and social networks provide instant chat across the world in form of text without physical interaction. Video chats like Oovoo and Skype allow people to chat and see in person, advancing communication to a higher level. But at the same time, it brings negative effects to the society. In other word, technology advancement provided a negative impact in my generation and my understanding of life because communication through technology isolated people from each other and weakens their social and empathy skills. Internet was invented in the 1960s by the United States government for military purposes, but it became a primary method for people to communicate with. According to Wikipedia, nearly one-third of the world’s population used the internet in 2011. This showed that a lot of people used the internet to communicate. But at the same time, excessive time communicating via Internet instead of face to face communication results absence of social and empathy skills, causing the neural pathway to grow weaker. While it connects many people across the world, it leads to many problems and issues. One of the problems about online communication is miscommunication. Through the use of online communication, people started to have trouble interpreting what the communication mean through the form of writing. Since online communication does not have facial expressions, emotions, and gestures, it is hard to distinguish whether it just a normal conversation or intensive argument. This pointed out that with difficulty to interpreting the meaning of the communication, people in our generation have started to become like “robot”. They become a being that doesn’t understand emotion and facial...
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