The Paradox of Instant Communication

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Glenda Barrientos
Technology, Society, and Culture
HUMN432
Instructor: Joey McDonald
8/1/11

The Paradox of Instant Communication

The way we communication has evolved over the centuries, from flying pageants, to Morse code, telephone, to cellphone, instant messaging (IM) to video chat. We have all these different forms to communicate now a day that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. Like you try emailing someone, they facebook you, you IM them and then they text you so you call them. You use so many different types of tools to communicate that instead of them being instant they take longer and in the process a bit confusing it makes you miss when you just had one telephone with one record machine and one tape to listen to your voicemails instead of having to check all these other forms of technology. However it’s important as with all electronic communication, that people should evaluate the pros and cons when they decide how to effectively use instant communication in their lives.

Though there is no arguing that technology now a day is at its best and still progressing that a few challenges arise when people get so absorbed in their own personal life. For example someone at work is texting, emailing, IM’ing with friends or family it cuts into work time and over all affect the efficiency of the company and their job. But at the same time these tools could be used to acquire information, additional material, or approval to expend resources by communicating via IM'ing, Email, telephone call or even text. These sources of communication can make things efficient but also very inefficient if people keep procrastinating or using them in inappropriate times. It’s important for people to know when they are allowed to use these technologies especially in the work force.

A lot of people find it easier to just communicate via chat or video chat in both professional and leisure times. IM allows you to chat in 'real time' to other people who have an IM...
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