Computer Mediated Communication, And Social Media Communication

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I. TOPIC Within recent years, technology has grown significantly, integrating itself until it has become an integral component of our daily lives. As technological advancements pave the way for new forms of communication including texting, email, and social media forms of communication such as Facebook and Twitter, in doing so, they also have all but replaced verbal and face-to-face communication between individuals. What impact does this then have? According to Forbes magazine, only 7% of communication is based on the verbal word while over 90% is based on nonverbal cues such as eye movement, gestures, etc. As we increase our dependence on technology for communicative means, we lose the context derived from nonverbal cues leading to an adverse effect on both the quality and quantity of face-to-face communication. Through research, I plan to expand further on this and detail both the positive and negative impact technology, computer-mediated-communication, and social media communication preferences have on communication now and in the future. II. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Baym, N. K., Zhang, Y. B., & Lin, M. C. (2004). Social Interactions Across Media: Interpersonal Communication on the Internet, Telephone, and Face-to-Face. New Media & Society, 6(3), 299-318. doi:10.1177/1461444804041438 Social Interactions Across Media: Interpersonal Communication on the Internet, Telephone, and Face-to-Face details a study conducted in 2004 that compared a group of college students interactions online against face-to-face and oral telephone conversations. Baym, Zing, and Lin posed the question “what are the frequencies of social interactions college students report conducting online in comparison with face-to-face and voice calls?” Through an o... ... middle of paper ... ...mprehend the social implications preferences towards technology, communicative means may have. Therefore, further research on the topic would analyze communication preferences among a select group of individuals, why these are preferred over another, and the impact these choices may have upon the future of verbal communication. Thus, we would look at how technological forms of communication and communication through social media relate to verbal and face-to-face communications in the context of preferred communicative methods in college-aged individuals. The question we seek to answer is if the majority of college-aged individuals prefer technology-based (texting), computer mediated (social networking sites, email), or verbal and face-to-face communication methods on a daily basis and what implications do these preferences have for the future of verbal communication?
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