Technology and Communication
Topics: Communication / Pages: 20 (4922 words) / Published: Jan 31st, 2010

Information and communication technologies or ICTs[1] allow users to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies. By this definition, you could almost say ICT is technology 's version of economic growth, to satisfy the needs and wants of the community over time.
ICT tools can be used to find, explore, analyze, exchange and present information responsibly and without discrimination. ICT can be employed to give users quick access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
==Types of communication==
Prof. Albert Mehrabian (UCLA, 1967)http://www.presentationmagazine.com/the-mehrabian-myth-898.htm identified three major parts that convey meaning in human face to face communication: body language, voice tonality, and words. He conducted research to determine how people make meaning when a speaker says one thing but means another. If the speaker is sending a mixed message the listener will rely on the following cues to determine true meaning:Mehrabian and Ferris (1967). "Inference of Attitude from Nonverbal Communication in Two Channels". In: ' 'The Journal of Counseling Psychology ' ' Vol.31, 1967, pp.248-52.
* 55% of impact is determined by body language—postures, gestures, and eye contact,
* 38% by the tone of voice, and
* 7% by the content or the words spoken.
Mehrabian says this only applies in situations where the speaker is talking about feelings or attitudes.

Although the exact percentage of influence may differ due to variables such as the perceptions or biases of the listener and the speaker, communication as a whole is meant to convey meaning and thus, in some cases, can be universal. A system of signals, such as voice sounds, intonations or pitch, gestures or [[writing|written]] symbols can communicate thoughts or feelings. If a language employs communicating with signals, voice, sounds, gestures, or



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