With technology becoming more advanced and the use of social media, becoming more popular, it has its pros and cons. Digital technology has altered nearly every aspect of modern life. Travel, work, shopping, entertainment, and communication are just some of the areas that have been transformed in recent decades. It’s very rare, to find an electronic device or piece of machinery that doesn’t incorporate digital technology in some way.
Cellphones had very humble beginnings. From using rotary telephones, getting a busy signal and doing an emergency breakthrough, and being upset and slamming the phone down in the middle of a conversation.
So, to look back and see how communication has become easier over the years, is amazing.
The way we use our phones has changed drastically and has changed communication, by allowing people to connect with friends, family members, and coworkers quickly, allowing them to interact with others virtually, without requiring a physical presence.
There are many positive effects of cellphones, that include the essential role the device plays in emergencies, and the opportunity the device allows for convenient communication.
Cellphones also have the positive effect of simplifying communication to a point that learning and business become considerably easier since you can call wherever you are.
Cellphones save lives, by making emergency calls when someone is injured. It becomes possible for emergency responders to get to the injured person much faster. If someone is injured in a remote location, authorities are able to track mobile phone signals, to track the location of trapped people.
Cellphones are vital since the injured person might not get help at all otherwise.
However, the top negative effects of cellphone use include the distracting role it plays in automobile accidents. Using a cellphone while driving can cause distractions at crucial moments. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes occur each year due to drivers using cellphones for conversations or texting. That’s about 28 percent of all crashes.
Texting distracts people from other things they should be doing such as working on homework or as simple as, talking to the people in the same room as them. “While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives easier and more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate,” said Daniel le Roux from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
I completely agree with Daniel Le Roux, about harming our ability to concentrate. I have a problem with the ability to remain focused on the task at hand, whenever my phone is around me. Sometimes, I deliberately leave it upstairs when doing my schoolwork, because I will pick it up out of force of habit, then become caught up on social media. The result is, I’ve lost all track of time and my train of thought.
In the introduction, “How We Connect”, we were asked, “are we becoming less practiced in the art of face-to-face conversation”? (410) I believe some are, including myself. However, I can do both, well. I also know the most appropriate times to use those skills. In my opinion, texting has become easier to communicate, especially when you are not able to talk at the moment.
The problem with texting is that it is so impersonal. It is hard to decipher one’s attitude, over a text, then it is when speaking on the phone, or in person. You cannot see their body
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