Moderntechnology is linked with many signs of progress in the life of humanbeings. Among the benefits is the improvement in the mode ofcommunication. There has been a significant development in the waypeople communicate in the current days. The use of mobile phones andcomputers has made the world to be like a small place. People can nowmake communications quickly when they are far apart. Use of mobilephones has made it easier for the users to have vast number offriends. Social platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, and Viber hasmade it possible for people to meet online and exchange ideas.Nevertheless, mobile phones have replaced physical acquaintance humanbeings used to have. People have adopted the use of phones even inthe places where they should be giving much attention to the speaker.Several authors have shown how the use of mobile phones has impactedon the social affairs of human beings. Cell phones have changed themode of communication among human beings by drawing their devotion.
DavidCarr in his article ‘Keep your thumbs still when am talking to you’from the New York Times explain how the digital revolution has turnedrudeness to look fashionable. He talks about how technology hastransformed the mode of communication among human generation. Carrargues that mobile phones have taken a greater part of human life(Carr 1). They have replaced the original bond that existed amongpeople. Individuals can be sitting next to each other, but nonerecognizes the presence of the other. They are busy chatting andtexting on their phones. People can be in the same bodily location,but their commitment is far apart. Carr points out how phones havemade people lack attention in some gatherings. People give theirmobile phones more devotion instead of listening to the speaker. Itshows how technology has made people rude in an elegant manner. Inthe article, Mr. De Rosa shows how mobile phones have eroded theprimary courtesies (Carr 2). He points out that if addressing anaudience and they take out their phone, it shows how rude they are.In return, he leaves the meeting and walks out. A young manapproaches him and talks about the importance of genuine relation.However, the young man kept on glancing on his iPhone which showsthat he was not concentrating on their topic of discussion (Carr 2).
Phoneshave changed human communication. It has weakened the relationshipbetween people. Individuals cannot have quality time for each otherphysically but rather have become more connected with their mobilephones. Sherry Turkle in the article ‘The Tethered Self: TechnologyReinvents Intimacy and Solitude’ talks of how technology hasimpacted on human communication mode. She points out that as we textand chat online, the mobile phones we use are not only doing thingsfor us, but also having an impact on us. They are changing the way werelate with our peers in our social life (Turkle 1). Individualshave adopted the use of mobile phones in their existence. They havefailed to give each other quality time. People have chosen usingphones even on occasions such as dinner where they are supposed to besharing quality time. It has gone to the extent that teenagers prefertexting than talking. It shows how people are relying on theirphones.
Bothauthors argue about the effects of phones on social life. People havebecome so possessed to their phones that they prefer texting thantalking (Turkle 2). Though, Carr and Turkle differ in their argumentsabout the effects of technology. Carr does not point any positivething resulting from the use of phones. Rather, he points out thathuman have engaged themselves in a kind of imprisonment. However,Turkle indicates some positive things which technology has broughamong the youths. Stan who is 16 years points out that one has tothink and correct what he/she has to say through the text giving roomfor corrections (Turkle 4). Turkle also shows that socialconnectivity offers a chance for new possibilities for experimentingwith new identities. The youth gets time and free space forexperiencing what they ought to do such as falling in and out of loveand ideas (Turkle 2). Hence, Turkle does not see technologicaladvancements having only negatives but also has positive attributes.
Iagree with the arguments of both Turkle and Carr. The currentpopulation tends to be so busy with their phones. But in a realsense, they are lonely physically. People tend to be so engaged intheir phones that they fail to give the required attention to thespeakers. The habit is common even during the lectures to the extentthat the lecturer`s orders every person to keep the phone off or insilent mode. No one is also allowed to communicate through the phonewhen the lecture is in progress. It is because the phone carries muchof the audience’s attention. There is a need for the humangeneration to give much attention to speakers than focusing on theirphones.
Carr,David. "Keep Your Thumbs Still When I’M Talking To You".2011, p. 2. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/fashion/17TEXT.html.
Turkle,Sherry. "The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy AndSolitude". 2011, p. 4.http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:y_4oJ1pf0GkJ:www.upcea.edu/Files/cher/CHER_2011_Fall-Tethered-Self.pdf+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&client=firefox-b-ab.
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