The Internet makes communication much easier, and makes phone calls slightly obsolete. We are firing IMs, emails, texts, and Skype invites to about everyone. The phone: with it’s communication prowess, information troves, and all it’s manic apps is really a thing to be treasured. However, whether the Internet is really an up or down is to be questioned. Is online communication really good or not? Let’s look at the facts.
Yes, we all know that Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Snap chat, and all the other social sites are necessities of life. In this digital era, we can’t seem to imagine life without them, at least without screaming in horror.However, just contemplate how such technology has changed us, since we weren’t born with cell phones, so we probably have just a learned interest of these gadgets and gizmos. Our advanced technology allows us to talk with just anyone, as long as they have a good source of wi-fi and bars. That way, you don’t have to wait a month to receive the latest styles in Norway in your sister’s letter. (Don’t judge us.)
It also makes talking easier, because there is laxness in spelling now that there are acronyms to replace entire words. Plus, no one has to really hear you speak, so they raise confidence in their own words. There are relationships that have elevated through the simplicity of “talking”.
But, we can’t mention the sunshine without mentioning the rain, so here is the not-so-good things about online communication.Cyberbullying is in the on high, with these technologies. Social sites encourage people to be frank about things they will never say in real life, making them fresh targets of abuse. The online sites deter physical communication, so you really cannot tell how someone feels without them saying so. It is so easy to forget that the people you are talking to have feelings. Unintentionally, you could damage someone.
There is also lack of formality and truth in the online word. People can hide so simple under their screen names. They feel invincible that they can do anything, as long as no one knows that it’s them. Older people don’t understand these confusing acronyms like we do, straining relationships. Plus, communication needs aid from the body, and the things you say may be interpreted in a different way for a different person, so watch what you say.l
Also, the art of writing by hand is slowly dying, and all the other things that are usually second nature to people. Script writing is slowly becoming extinct, and so is reading clocks that aren’t digital. Letter writing is becoming a rarity, nowadays, with all these technologies that are more efficient. However, letters have an aura of genuine feeling, and it I so easy to pick out educated people from those who are not, by their dialect. Our technology also allowed people to become narcissistic, as their photos of themselves send fevers of beauty and shallow topics internationally.
I must say, that there is no pro without cons, so let’s just leave our online talking be for now. Online conversations have helped us talk across oceans, but have also strained people. There is confidence to speak out, but also encouragement to lie. So we cannot really say that one side is right. Because they are both right. But one thing is for sure: Our techno stuff is here to stay. Whether we like it or not.