How has technology changed the way we communicate?

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“Secrets are the enablers of antisocial, immoral and destructive behavior” — Dave Eggers, The Circle

“We’ve been lulled into believing that communication is becoming easier because technological advances make it easier to send and receive messages. But because our interactions involve quirky, emotional, and sometimes unpredictable people, we can’t eliminate imperfections from communication” — Geoffrey Tumlin

In Chris’s picture, we see a girl with her phone covering her entire face. As if she has replaced her face with the screen of a smartphone. An image on the screen is partially covered from the person hands. Masking an inner thought that can’t seem to find its way into words. If we ever needed to talk someone, we would send them a message via text messaging. Text messaging has become the most common medium of communication between friends and family. No body language or tone of voice is involved when talking through a screen the majority . As a result of communicating with people through a screen the majority of the time, we lack the practice of developing interpersonal skill. Talking to someone in person incorporates reading body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice, while talking through a screen lacks having the skill of creating interpersonal connections with people. Creating another version of our self that thrives in the digital space but lacks in reality.

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“Much of his experience of the world come through the experiences of others” — Dave Eggers, The Circle

Students 13 and older were invited to leave comments on the article.
“I do try to set my phone down when I am with people. Even if I try the other people are usually on there phone too. So I get back on my phone because I am not going to stare at them or try to talk to them while they are interested in something else” — Julia

The screen reveals an inactive version of us. Instant messaging has made talking to friends easier than ever, that when it comes to talking to friends in person, not much is said then. Communicating through a screen takes no effort when trying to talk to someone, and since we seem to communicate more through a screen, this translates to not knowing how to communicate with emotives face to face. Through a screen, you could easily put what you want to say into words. But is the meaning and emotion behind those words clear to understand? Is the smile you see on a person’s face the same as seeing the smiling emoticon? There is more than just using words to communication. But since we rely on using the digital shortcut of text, we get no practice in developing our verbal skills or emotional intelligence. With the time spent online, we grow unaware of what is going on around us.

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“Not to say this kind of attitude is antisocial, but its certainly sub-social, and certainly far from transparent.

From the article just mentioned above.. “Does technology make us more alone”

“Well, obviously many people kind of escape from the reality with the using of smartphones, etc. They ignore the people surrounded them. But it is definitely not fine, right?” — Dorothy

Every second we spend on the Internet, we lose the time we have to live in this world and experiences what it offers. We lack having the emotional attachment we feel when we create memorable moments in our life. Even when we are with friends, we tend to go on our phone when the conversation dies out. I for one can vouch for that statement because I have pulled out my phone multiple times when I hang with my friends. My friends and I could be at a restaurant waiting for our food and the conversation just dies out to the point where everyone pulls out their phone to go on social media. Instead of living in the moment with friends and family, technology has made us very inpatient. The moment things go dull, we immediately resort to our smartphones to keep us occupied from our boredom instead of trying to be social. As much as the cons leverage the pros of communication, we can communicate in ways we could have never before.

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“But think if you’d been documenting. If you’d been using a tool that would help confirm the identity of whatever birds you saw, then anyone can benefit — naturalists, students, historians, the Coast Guards” — Dave Eggers, The Circle

In Dylan’s picture, we see a girl using a screen to take a picture of a subject. We could capture moments in our life and share those moments on social media to keep friends and family up-to-date on what is going on in our life. We wouldn’t ever have to worry if a family member is going through a rough time and needs help. As much as we could be missing from someone’s life, we could easily be apart of it depending upon how much someone shares online. Even with the con’s of how technology is affecting the way we communicate, there are pro’s to having many ways of stay connected with friends and family. Sometimes in life, we are separated from friends and family due to certain circumstances. Like me, a student attending college that is mile and miles away from home. But thanks to outlets such as Facetime and Skype, I get to see my parents and brother every week. Even though I am not there, I am still caught up with what is going on in their lives and they know how I am doing in college

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