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Between The Lines Of Technology: The Smartphone

889 words - 4 pages

Most adults and teenagers in today’s age own a smartphone. Smartphone’s are recent products of modern day technological advancement. Before smartphones were cell phones which quickly gained popularity in the several years fallowing the new millennium. They unfortunately were extremely limited to low quality calls and texting. This was a huge milestone when it comes to technology but within a decade these phones began to be choked out of existence to be replaced with smartphones. These new devices commonly feature touch screens, voice controls, texting, calling, GPS systems, internet connectivity, and so much more. Smartphones have become so popular that it’s hard to go anywhere for five minutes without seeing one in someone’s hand. By looking at the virtually unlimited amount of information and global connectivity created by smartphones, we can see that these devices are a crucial tool in mans development both at the individual and social level in modern life, and whose use at times has to be limited to ensure reality is in the eyes of the people, not just a screen.
Smartphones have contributed greatly in helping people fulfill their desire for widespread social connectivity, but in an untraditional way. In the view of Sherry Turkle, “Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be”. Basically she is saying that with our technology one can be socially connected to anybody at anytime. I agree that this is true, and it is important we stay connected. Humans are social creatures who do best when connected with others. Though throughout Turkle’s writing The Flight from Conservation, she emphasizes the fact that this social connection enabled by technology is shallow. Turkle believes that connecting in “sips” over email, texting, and social networking sites “does not substitute for conversation”. At the same time that I agree with Turkle in that these ways of communication don’t completely substitute for conversation, I also believe that they are a type of conversation that deserve more credit. In David Levy’s paper No Cellphone? No Internet? So much Less Stress?, he quotes a student who is talking about their online connection, “Talking to all these people, making connections when it wasn’t a really a personal connection, didn’t feel real”. I agree that connecting online to others on my smartphone isn’t the same as an in-person conversation, but for me is still a type of conversation in which the interactions between myself and someone else are completely real, even though only expressed in words on a screen.
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