The Effects of the Internet on Our Communication

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Nen Benefits of CMC and the Internet to Communication Communication has been one of the highest goals to members of any society. Without communication, there is no way that anyone would know about the day’s current events, know about new information, and know about what is going on around the world. In the fast pace of life, we as human beings need a faster and better way of communication in order to improve the quality of life. Therefore, many new technologies were invented in the last century. Especially, in the past few decades, the appearance of internet has played as an important innovation in communication, and the use of internet will continue rising at a rapid pace. The invention of the internet has wide-ranging effects on many domains of society. It complements to the traditional communications which were face-to-face, mobile phones and letters. Let’s consider, in the past century, if you wanted to tell your friends something, you could just post them a letter, but how long would it take to get to your friends? A week? Or even a month? Now, the fact is that it takes us just a few seconds to tell our friends anything by sending them an email. As good communicators, we should be competent to use technology to increase the quality of communication. “Computer-mediated communication (CMC) provides another way to interact. Instant messaging (IM), e-mailing, blogging, and online chat are some of the many ways that acquaintances and strangers can communicate through CMC.” (Ronald and Russell, 21). In the text “Human Communication”, Morreale shows that the more motivated, knowledgeable, and skilled a communicator is in selecting and using CMC for a given type of message in a given context, the more likely the communicator is to achieve competent outcomes ht t ps: / / m ai at t achm ent . googl user cont ent . com / at t achm ent / u/ 0/ ?ui 2&i =aaf 0af 76c4&vi w t &t h=131… l e = k e =at 1/ 5

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competence (182). We can affirm that technology does provide us a new way of communication, especially in personal relationship communication, and enables us to communicate faster, save our time, and decline the cost of communication. The fast pace of change in our lives encourages people to try achieving a faster way of communication. “The switch from analogue to Digital technology combined with the invention of the internet has been the major influence on our communication styles” (William, 1). We can easily realize that the invention of CMC meets most of our demands. It helps us to send information from one country to another just in a few seconds. For example, the huge earthquake took place in Japan in April. Couple minutes later, people around the world could hear about the disaster that destroyed Japan. One significant thing is that CMC reduces the importance of distance. People can contact with their friends or the members of their families, access to latest information and make friends anywhere at anytime through CMC though they might be strangers or they might have different cultural backgrounds. Technology has become very popular and useful to everybody at any age. This was shown in the statistics done by USC Annenberg School for communication that people, who are over fifty, have learned to use technology. About 76% of the over 50 crowd uses technology more freely today than they did five years ago; when only 51% of the over 50 generation used technology as well. In addition, the discoveries of e-mail, chat and instant message (IM) prove convincingly that CMC is a better way of communication than the old-fashioned one. Most people agree that e-mail is the fastest way for conveying information and communicating with other people. According to a statistics done by Radicati Group from August 2008, the number of emails sent per day to be around 210 billions which means more than 2.4 billion e-mails are sent every second (Heinz,1). Along with...
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