How does technology negatively affect communication?
The advent of technology has brought about significant changes and advancements in the way we communicate. However, it is essential to note that with these positive developments also come negative effects as well. This article aims to shed light on how technology negatively affects communication.
The Overreliance on Technology for Communication
With social media platforms making communication much more comfortable than ever before, there seems to be a decline in face-to-face communication. People nowadays would instead send text messages or make video calls than have real-life conversations with each other (isolation at its finest). Unfortunately, this new trend tends to lead us away from properly understanding tone and body language used when interacting one-on-one.
Deteriorating Verbal Skills
As Millennials spend more time communicating through texts and online messaging platforms rather than actual direct conversation, their ability to form coherent thoughts or hold meaningful discussions diminishes greatly (time spent texting and “talking” Vs talking) . What happens when individuals aren’t able to put together a complete sentence without mixing idioms? A noticeable disruption within professional settings -an occupational hazard- where employers might find themselves forced into giving remedial seminars in Basic English for employees just getting onboard.
Dependence on Devices
It’s undeniable that technology has made life easier for everyone but dependability can become an addictive habit users often fall back on (FOMO at its peak). In addition, people seem unable now without being glued onto digital devices such as phones or tablets (mobile plague) causing them always needing instant gratification sigh leaving very little room for self-reflection which could halt our cognitive growth (a clearer explanation wouldn’t hurt here).
Reduced Social Interactions
If people weren’t hooked up onto devices all day long checking emails every five seconds ironically trying not miss out important updates they inadvertently rob themselves of socializing opportunities resulting in ostracizing from; nay decimation of family, friends and even the local communities (isolation a la mode)
Lowered attention span
With distractions nowadays virtually around every corner we turn finding it difficult to focus is on an all-time high. A byproduct of this being the inability for the average person to concentrate with maximum focus leading them into procrastination aka good-for-nothing syndrome- one more reason emphasis should be placed subsequently.
Things that could play into lowered concentration levels include constant notifications or pings that are sometimes impossible to ignore which lead users not only checking but also at times helplessly responding before directing their attention back on what they had initially wanted achieving (distractions).
Misinterpretation of Context
The practice of having conversations erodes day after day as different communication platforms give room for innovation expressions causing people thereby expressing themselves via messages devoid any facial expressions, negative body languages—giving rise ultimately to misunderstandings when context is misinterpreted.
Text Message Mishaps
It’s easier than you think! Auto-correcting mechanisms botch statements/get-togethers invites making comprehending meaning behind messages unclear…..followed closely by jealousy as recipients might speculate if better nouns were used.
While emojis can make texts appear friendlier; interpretatio(s) definitely varies per individual perceived depending on recipient solely – use with caution,…please!
Lack Of Originality
Excessive use has led people not giving much thought while communicating online resulting in an alarming number text-talk-esque abbreviations flooding screens everywhere compelling actual real-life speech becoming abbreviated improperly distracting society’s core values whilst decreasing High Scholastic Aptitude Test Scores (HSATS).
Abbotsford School Board abolished creative writing component found somewhere in their testing series taking over scorched earth methods regarding depicting knowledge objectively without giving much room for imagination, interpretation and overall originality. In this manner inventive thinking is going down the dumps.
The amount of time that people spend with digital devices has skyrocketed with each passing year. It’s becoming increasingly challenging to stay focused on either work or social activities which often lead towards decreased productivity levels as well as incite a loss of employment opportunities.
In conclusion, technology undoubtedly affects the way we communicate in adverse ways (absolutely irrevocably) . However, it isn’t all doom and gloom- elements such as body language only possible via face-to-face interactions contribute significantly towards meaningful communication exchanges stripping out awkwardness–#FunnyFactorHowever make sure you always watch your text!