How Has Technology Helped Us in Communicating, in Recent Years?
Did You Know?
For thousands of years, humans have been communicating with one another.
The first form of mass communication was cave painting
Further evolution of communication saw the use of symbols that represented specific concepts and objects.
These symbols were the precursors to which would further evolve into alphabets that comprise most of our modern writing systems.
The invention of the telephone and internet have facilitated communicating with a broader audience in an efficient and timely manner.
The internet is the most important invention in our lifetime as it is the pinnacle of communicative technology and it has revolutionized the way humans communicate.
With the internet, it is much easier to maintain a social life because location and time is no longer a barrier we have between us and those in our lives
Social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, receive most of the world’s web traffic each day.
47% of all Internet users are on Facebook
19% of all inernet users are on twitter
It's easier to meet new people, keep in touch with friends.
Cellphones send messages withing in seconds to any location on the planet using wireless signals.
It is also an important tool we have at our disposal to learn.
20% Of All Internet Users Are On instagram
Technology has also saved lives, because of the speed of the news.
Technology makes it easier for students to access information. It's an effective tool for acquiring knowledge.
Technology helps businesses connect throughout the world making it cheaper to create conferences through videos.
We are benefitting from technology because its cheap and easy. We can download skype or google talk software and make internet calls for free throughout the world.
Positive effects of communication technology on society
Negative effects of communication technology on society
Some people spend more time online than in real life.
Even though it eliminates barriers between the world and us, it might create a barrier between those closest to us.
With excesive use, we can damage our abilities to communicate without the use of technology with those near us.
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People who prefer online communication are less socially skillful when it comes to face-to-face interactions.
Children who use technology may unwillingly share information that can put them in danger.
Anonymity of technology can make it easier for people to bully others online.
Technology has lead to obesity since there is less physical activity which includes the usage of cars, tv's, and cellphones.
The ability to manage our behavior in public, and being able to act appropriately also involves social skills. Technology is no substitute for our daily face-to-face social interactions.
As a result technology did make our lives easier. Today's students have tremendous opportunities to learn and to connect by using it. But with each advantage comes a potential cost. When we understand those costs and can minimize them, we can keep the use of technology positive.
If we aren't careful and we abuse the technology we use to communicate with those from afar, we can very well damage our abilities to communicate without the use of technology with those near us. A healthy balance is necessary in life to enhance the way we live; it's a universal concept.
Instead of spending 5-8 hours on a computer, we should cut it down to 3 hours or less and have more physical activity. Doing that could benefit our health and social skills.