Personal Connections in the Digital Age

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Introduction Compared with the past centuries, there are several types of communication technologies which could be used when communicating with others in the contemporary society. Information flow can be shown in different patterns in the twenty-first century, for example, spoken, written and keyed forms (Brody, 1990). It would be apparent that digital citizens have changed their communication style gradually due to the rapid development of media technologies. According to Dimmich et al. (2011:1266), access to different media technologies stimulates the fluency of interpersonal communication such as telephone, email, instant message (IM) and social networks, thus, users could contact with others without the obstruction of distance and time. Digital media have varied human’s original social connection, whether it ruins the quality of personal relationships or explores more communication channels (Byam, 2010). It might be true that the amount of the modern media technologies users has increased dramatically and those technologies would play important roles for most people in their daily life and change not only human’s communication pattern but also impact on the quality of interpersonal relationship. The modern media technologies would attract more general public to utilize because of simultaneousness, interactivity, social identification and extension of social circle. However, some users would consider negative effects on interpersonal relationship, which result from heavy reliance of media technologies, for instance, ineffective communication due to unclear expression, threat to close relationship and a sense of interpersonal alienation. This essay will analyse the reasons why media technologies have become the mainstream cha... ... middle of paper ... ... Language of Affiliation in a Technological Age. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 23(4), pp.464-490. 14. Utz, S., 2007. Media use in long-distance friendship. Information, Communication & Society. 10(5), pp. 694-713. 15. Yang, C. C., Brown, B. B. & Braun, M. T., 2013. From Facebook to cell calls: Layers of electronic intimacy in college students’ interpersonal relationship. New Media & Society. 16(1), pp.5-23. 16. Zhang, Z. & Lu, T., 2011. Understanding SNS Users’ Intention: An Extension of the Technology Acceptance Model. In: ICECE (Electrical and Control Engineering), 2011 International conference on Electrical and Control Engineering. Yichang, China, 16-18 September 2011. IEEE. Zhao, S., Grasmuck, S. & Martin, J., 2008. Identity construction on Facebook: Digital empowerment in anchored relationships. Computers in Human Behavior. 24(5), pp.1816-1836.
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