I found Sherry Turkles “Along Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” very intriguing. Her book really makes you question the lifestyle we live and opens your eyes to the direction we are headed in today. In her book, Turkle explains how we chose to be alone now that technology has been integrated into our daily routine taken over all aspects of our life. She suggests with all the modern technology around us we have had less time to face the real world. We use this technology to stay connected 24/7 and we love it, but is it really such a good thing that were so connected to these inanimate objects?
She was always a tough grader and always made sure to elaborate on our mistakes. She is the reason I became such a strong writer. She and Anne Lamott have similar personalities. Lamott states, “It’s not like you don’t have a choice, because you do- you can either type or kill yourself.” Mrs. McGhee hated excuses. She expected her students to complete the tasks that were given to them, but, of course, high school students always complained and probably rather kill themselves than write a paper.
This shows how social networking is bringing us further apart from family because one is always so focused to their screen rather than taking in the real social atmosphere they are in. Similar to real life, social networking sites have given us the opportunity to decide who we choose to connect with. For those who tend to spend more time online than the average person, they seem to trust people online a lot more than they trust people they know personally. As Deresiewicz mentions in the article Faux Friendship, “Friends may be the family that we choose.” Some of these people actually... ... middle of paper ... ... having false relationships and had no clue. Real face-to-face interaction should always come first before taking anything to a serious level, especially in relationships.
There has been a large debate on whether internet use is positively influencing social relationships and community life or whether it is negatively influencing them. With many new things introduced there are always the good and the bad sides of them. Many good things have come from the internet, and socially it is very helpful to us. If you move away from a very close friend now you can stay in touch with e-mail and instant messaging. Communication which once took time to write on a piece of paper is now reduced to a couple key strokes and the click of a mouse.
Along with those classes, I have had many teachers help me find a newfound love and hate for the subject. Freshman year was my toughest, most unproductive, year by far. The teacher assigned papers that were pointless and she chose books that interest her. Much of the work she assigned was busy work, she did not care if we grew as writers or if we understood the concept behind the assignment. After a month, I was looking for a way out, I bit off more than I was able to chew.
My family thinks that I am a very odd person because I am extremely different from anyone else they have met. Although, I look at my willingness to chat as a positive thing, many people do not, because they have noticed that my tendency to talk over-powers my ability to listen. This became a growing problem as I got older because listening became the most important part of having an honest dialogue. I began to practice my listening skills by... ... middle of paper ... ... one topic trying to make sense of it in my thought process. After a while, I realized that there are things in life that would never make sense.
Then Katie came and turned that class around. Her first love is talking, then politics and current issues. So she talked up a storm in class, eventually strayed away from the subject at hand, and turned our class into a current issues debate team. A lot of us appreciated Katie’s unintentional deeds and some didn’t. One guy in particular who didn’t take pleasure in Katie’s existence was Mike Reckliss.
My now ex-husband had lost his job and I had been laid-off, but re-hired in another position at Philips. Every day was a challenge, and I often ran into communication issues with my coworkers. Most were polite, but sometimes puzzled, when I would ask them to repeat themselves. A few were annoyed when asked, and one coworker blatantly refused to repeat herself to me, even after I explained that I was hard-of-hearing. I worked in a very fast paced, people oriented position that I enjoyed, but it was qu... ... middle of paper ... ...of-hearing employees only need to hear on the telephone and in meetings.
The more available methods to interact with others during this decade may have improved or disrupted the art of communication. It is believed that humans are communicating less effectively than in the past, particularly due to social networking. Social networking is the current form of communication for many people. “Facebook is bringing the world together. It has become an overarching common cultural experience for people world wide, especially young people.” (The Facebook Effect p.15) Facebook allows communication between relatives and friends around the world to be more effortless through the use of a phone or computer.
Introverts place too much emphasis on virtual interactions and ignore the outside world but some try and connect to other people in real life instead of going online and talk to “friends”. There are both positive and negative contribution social media gives and it is up to us how to use it properly. Social media has a lot of great perks. It expands our communication within our reach. We can talk to people that are from across the globe from where we are at and it makes it easier to talk to whoever we wish.