Social networking has increasingly had a huge impact on society. Technology has opened the door to a vast amount of information and to the ability to relay that information to practically anybody at anytime and anywhere. People are constantly checking their email, updating their status on Facebook, sending tweets on Twitter, instant messaging, and texting. The debate of whether social networking actually connects us or keeps us apart is a continuous one. In the case of Steven Pinker, his essay “Mind over Mass Media” argues that media technologies have a positive effect on mental development. In contrast, Sherry Turkle’s essay “Connectivity and Its Discontents” asserts that technology has a negative effect on interpersonal relationships. Although Pinker makes many excellent points on how technology is improving intelligence and Turkle provides exceptional ideas of how technology is damaging to relationships, neither Pinker nor Turkle provides the best answer to this question due to their lack of credibility and inclusion of logical fallacies. Instead, we should use the Internet to its full potential, while being aware of the risks and dangers that come with social networking.
Arts & Entertainment Editor, Melissa Nilles describes a nightmarish dream of disconnect and isolation using modern technology by texting and e-mailing, later revealing that it was in fact reality rather than just a dream, as most interaction has taken on an impersonal feeling during advances in technology. Phone calls, texting, instant messaging and e-mailing are more simple forms of communications and they’re achieved at great personal costs. This informality spills from our personal lives into our professional lives, forcing examination of the quality of our connections, focusing us less on the quantity. Citing examples from Facebook where people employ thousands of ‘friends’ lends merit to evolutionary psychologists research indicating a smaller circle is perhaps more effective; further proving technology cannot make lasting connections.
Most of the concern of this problem, our society faces is peoples’ intellectual development (Stout, 2010). The term, “friend” has been given a new definition by our society, people we have never met before are connecting with us through, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and many others, these people can see the things we are mad about, where we ate for lunch and even our political views. Pew Research states that ten percent of Americans have only a smartphone at home and no home phone which makes them more dependent on that single phone (Burchbach, 2016). “The question on researchers’ minds is whether all that texting, instant messaging and online social networking allows children to become more connected and supportive of their friends — or whether the quality of their interactions is being diminished without the intimacy and emotional give and take of regular, extended face-to-face time” (Stout, 2010). Technology is a strong reason why society is turning away from personal friendships, but we are blessed to have a perfect example of the greatest personal
In the21st century, Amazing changes in communication has affected interpersonal relationships. Some prefer to use technology like Facebook, Line, and Wechat to communicate with their friends rather than talking in person. Communicating with technology will make them alienated. Interpersonal relationships are also important by personal talking, which may lead to improve relationships. In her essay, “Connectivity and Its Discontents”, Sherry Turkle believes technology weakens interpersonal relationship among friends, and relatives. In “Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan claims talking with her mother and husband in a personal way can improves their relationship. Using technology to communicate will alienate and widen the distance between friends; talking
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In the world today, people are constantly surrounded by technology. At any given moment, we can connect to others around the world through our phones, computers, tablets, and even our watches. With so many connections to the outside world, one would think we have gained more insight into having better relationships with the people that matter the most. Despite these connections, people are more distant to one another than ever. In the article, “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk," author Sherry Turkle details her findings on how people have stopped having real conversations and argues the loss of empathy and solitude are due to today’s technology. Turkle details compelling discoveries on how technology has changed relationships in “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk,” and her credibility is apparent through years of research and the persuasive evidence that supports her claims.
2. Previous Research: There is a debate as to whether Internet use has a positive or negative impact in our social lives. One study found that for 40% of the college students in their sample, the Internet had been instrumental in the formation of new friendships. Moreover, 7% of their sample had used the Internet to find a romantic partner. The participants in the study claimed that one of the main benefits of communicating through the Internet was reduced social anxiety and shyness (Knox, 2001). In another study, there was evidence that lonely individuals were more likely to use email and the Internet in order to stay connected with others—in theory, giving them a healthier social life—however, evidence showed that heavy use had a negative social impact (Morahan-Martin, 2003). Finally, another study found that individuals comfortable or regularly involved in social gatherings reported more positive effects from Internet use than shy individuals less involved in their community (Kraut, 2002).
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Over the last century, information technology, such as the Internet, has brought our society forward and helps us get through life more efficiently and conveniently. In addition, it helps making global communication easier and faster as compared to hand-written mails that may take days if not weeks to reach its intended recipient. However, with such luxury and convenience, there is a debate whether the way we currently interact with fellow human beings with the help of technology is good or bad to our personal relationships. The Internet has increased the amount of communication globally, yet ironically the very technology that helps us increase our communication hinders our ability to socialize effectively in real life and create a healthy interpersonal relationship.
For the health of the mind, one requires social interaction because humans are said to be social beings. Conversely, what I seem to observe is that we are becoming a detached community. Simply speaking, we can join a discussion, be at a function or even work from wherever we are. The internet has given us the power to be remote. Our mind is not being stimulated through human interaction, but more so through social media and Twitter. We are becoming socially isolated. I find it to be true that we are spending less time involved in family activities and even less time sleeping because we are consumed with surfing the