Technological advancement in the last century has had a drastic impact on the way individuals communicate. The introduction of ever-progressing cell phone technology, personal computers, and social media has enabled increased control over our personal interactions with each other and is playing a large part in the shifting of social values and priorities. As communications technologies continue to advance ever further, it calls to question whether the shift in communications is a good thing or a bad thing and whether technology is aiding or hurting personal relationships.
After reading the module notes and all of the supplemental materials, respond to the following:
- How has the use of technology affected peoples ability to communicate face to face?
- Do you think that the mere presence of technology, such as in the form of smart phones, affects peoples ability to communicate with individuals in a public place?
- Has the increase of technology decreased both the quantity and quality of face-to-face interactions? In what ways have you experienced these changes?
- Do you see a change (increase or decrease) in this human-technology dependency in the future? What kind of change do you favor?
Support your position using appropriate sources that are properly cited.