Technology: The Positive Effects Of Face To Face Communication

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The introduction to technology has transformed the way people communicate on a daily basis. We use technology in different ways in order to get what we want. This growth is changing ways of communication and the connections that we are making. Although these new interactions have their positive influences, they have also negatively impacted face-to-face communication.
Many people are unable to tolerate long periods of time without the use of technology. People rely on it for everything; from paying their bills to interacting with friends. Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo – you name it, someone most likely has it. Many individuals prefer using technology to communicate for convenience, to avoid social awkwardness, or even to meet new people. For those
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This is because there was no Internet, and therefore no chatting through Facebook, or shooting someone a quick email. Until the invention of the telegraph, messages could take years to reach an audience (Baym, 2010, p. 2). Rather than typing something up on a computer as we can do nowadays, people used typewriters. In order to reach someone who was distant, letters were mailed out and usually took days before being received. “Without the communication technologies that we have now, we could not sustain the mobile and dispersed social and professional networks which many people take for granted” (Baym, 2010, p. 152). Before technology was introduced, face-to-face and interpersonal communications were the main methods in which we interacted with one another. Making eye contact and using social cues were the two foundations upon which communication was based. That drastically changed with the introduction to technology. Instead of writing a letter, we now send emails, instead of calling someone on the phone, we text; instead of going out with someone for a lunch date to get to know them better, we talk to them through social media …show more content…
People are able to communicate in several different ways, making it more convenient for them. Raine’s views on the impact of social media and on face-to-face interactions tie in with Baym’s views. He believes that rather than replacing face-to-face communications, relationships and communities are being transformed (Rainie, 2012, p. 117). He brings up the example of a family sitting at the dinner table. The kids are constantly texting, parents bring their workload home, and families are spending less and less time with one another. These families have become networked and their in-person contacts have been expanded through the use of mobile phones, as well as the Internet. Given the previous example by Rainie, we can see that technology is distancing family members from one

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