The development of technology has considerably improved our lifestyle. It has made its impact felt on each and every aspect of life, including communication techniques. The development of communication has seen huge progress; from symbols to the latest swanky mobiles! Each century has seen a new addition to the ever-growing list of means of communication. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in the year 1875 was the first technological invention that impacted communication in humans to a massive extent. Other subsequent inventions like that of the Internet, cell phone, etc., further eased and changed the world of communication.
Effects of Technology on Communication
Everything has a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as a mixed bag. In this article, we will discuss the impact of popular technological elements like emails, telephones, cell phones, etc. Mobiles and the Internet are literally basic necessities these days. A majority of us would feel something missing in life, if there were no mobiles or Internet (Agree?).
Take the daily routine of a person in this tech-savvy world. The day begins with a “good morning message” on a mobile app and ends with a “goodnight” on the same app. The social networking apps/sites are, like a virtual world! The incessant use of mobiles and the Internet for communication, use modes like online chats, emails, teleconferencing, video conferencing, networking sites, etc., among other tools. Mobiles, emails, and social networking sites are the most popular means of communication among the current generation.
Technology has transformed the once big and far world into a tiny global village. Thanks to technology, we now have the power to communicate with anybody anywhere in the world. The points below summarize these benefits.
No Communication Barriers
With technology, communication is easy; even in cases when you want to convey something urgently to someone, mobiles and emails come in handy. Technology has made it easy to keep in touch with old contacts, and has strengthened relationships. Finding a date was never so easy, thanks to the dating and chatting websites! Technology is behind the success of long-distance relationships. Video chats and social networking sites have played a big role in keeping people in touch.
Better Development Solutions
Technology has brought the world closer and promoted exchange of thoughts to find better solutions to any problem. Advancements in the modes of communication have promoted faster decision-making, and led to the development and progress of the world. Most businesses depend on technology for communication. For example, video-conferencing has made it possible to give the best education to students via expert faculty on the web.
The most prominent negative effect of technology – the charm of the good old world is missing. The letters, and lengthy face-to-face conversations have gone away, and have been replaced by texting or chatting.
Negative Impact of Technology on Interpersonal Communication
The current generation lacks essential interpersonal skills (the ability to express the ideas and thoughts to others, face-to-face). A major reason for this is the increased frequency of communication through texting and chatting on websites. This has an effect on nonverbal communication as well. Technological means have also affected nonverbal communication. Lack of face-to-face interaction has reduced the nonverbal grasping power of individuals.
Technology Weakens Family Relations
Many teenagers are always hooked to the social networking sites. They are closer to online friends, but the gap between parents and kids has increased considerably. Communication is lacking, as parents are not techno-savvy to the communication styles of the kids, increasing the generation gap. Consider socializing among people. Life has changed a lot; very few social meetings and get-togethers are held these days. People are more bothered about their online life, than their real social life.
Unlawful Use and Addiction to Technology
Modern communication technology has led to many problems. People have become addicted to the Internet and cell phones, and this has led to many anxiety disorders. People addicted to the Internet feel lonely and isolated. Many people abuse social networking sites and communicate with unsuspecting victims pretending to be someone else.
This tendency has done more harm than good.
As you can see technological communication is a double-edged sword. It all depends on how we use these means; use the technological means of communication for sane purposes, and don’t abuse them for malicious motives.