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Technology's Negative Effects On Social Interaction

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The 21st century saw a rapid growth and development of mobile phone technology. Just a decade ago it was rare to find a mobile phone with internet connectivity. Nowadays even the most standard phone has internet access, along with the ability to take photos, check your calendar, or run one of thousands of applications available. Mobile phones have certainly changed the way we interact with people, but is this shift a positive one? This essay will argue that the negative effects of communication through mobiles outweigh the positive effects. It will be argued that mobile phones provide a vapid substitute for real human interactions, and favouring this method of communication may disrupt ...view middle of the document...

Also, the written word can be ambiguous, leading to people misinterpreting texts and resulting in hurt feelings or misunderstandings.
Second, mobile phones negatively affect the way we socialise within families and other close groups; when people favour texting over verbal communication, even when in the same house. Although mobile phones are great for notifying family members where you are or what you’re doing, it begins to be a problem when people start choosing mobile communication over direct communication. When people opt for this non-verbal communication, it’s usually because it’s marginally easier than finding the person and having a verbal exchange. But this convenient device may be disrupting cohesion within families by depriving them of verbal communication. A family communicating primarily through non-verbal means cannot be as emotionally close, connected, or aware of each other as they could be, and it’s difficult to imagine how family dynamics could benefit from it. Teenagers are more likely to communicate verbally with their parents about important or intimate things in their lives if they have a good history of verbal communication with them, as opposed to parents who text their children for the majority of their communication. This form of interaction is harmful not only to teenagers who are at a crucial time in their social development, but also to the parents who are missing opportunities to become closer to their children and who they themselves are experiencing a gradual loss of their socialising skills. Impressionable children observe their parents interacting, in large part, via their mobile phones, which serves to perpetuate the use of technology to communicate as the norm and takes away opportunities for the developing child to observe and learn from direct human interactions. In conclusion, being able to text or call anyone at any time can cause us to become negligent in our building and maintaining of relationships.
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