EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION 6
Technologyhas been so advantageous to individuals in the 21st century. It haschanged the way people communicate. The type of communication, today,is basic people send a short quick message or ignore others by justa click of a button. Technology has helped people become intelligentand faster, however at the expense of personal contact. People usethe computer to communicate on social networks like Facebook ratherthan planning an evening out with a group of friends. Skype isbecoming popular and people hangout via a computer screen.Interacting with people with different types of technology at homecan be efficient however, it can have adverse effects oninterpersonal relationships.
Tobegin with, technology is a reliable source of communication but itcan create an outer casing in a person. This casing causes people tocreate a distance from the outside world. Moreover, people start tobe dependent of small gadgets to communicate with others. Thesegadgets allow a person to be connected but also disconnected at thesame time, because a person does not have to talk to the person(Kovalchick & Dawson, 2004). Texting can affect how peopleinteract face to face. Most people would start to become anti-socialand will only be able to open up behind a cell phone screen. Inaddition, when a person is texting, he or she can misinterpret whatthe other person is trying to say, and this can create chaos in acorrelation (Burnard, 1997).
Forthe past few years, everything was designed to be more convenient forpeople, such as new generation iPods, faster phones and computers.Technology allows people to communicate, in a way, that they couldnot communicate in person (Kovalchick & Dawson, 2004). A personwould rather text someone in the next room and does not have to walkten feet from his or her comfort zone. Using technology can allowindividuals to express themselves in ways they have never before. Forinstance, some people can text the person they have a crush on andtell them exactly how they feel, but they would never be able to dothis in person (Guffey & Almonte, 2009).
Theway people portray themselves through a text message is not the sameway they portray themselves in a much real situation (Trevallion &Strazzari, 2003). People, tend to be very social in a text messages,where else, they can be extremely shy in person. If relationshipswere based on a text conversation, all relationships would be builton a false level. The author asserts that texting is the coward wayof saying how a person feels without the need of facing someone faceto face (Kovalchick & Dawson, 2004).
Technologyis convenient. For instance, texting rapidly replaces cell phonecalls between romantic partners. Although it seems instantlygratifying, in the end it could be unhealthy to some relationships.Since people have the access of calling others from their cell phonesat any time, they never get a chance to sit down and communicate withtheir loved ones since they are too busy texting. The accessibilitythat technology gives people can hurt relationships with others(Burnard, 1997).
Forcase, if a partner does not give a phone call to a girlfriend inseveral days and she knows that the only reason he will not call isthat he does not want to, this can be a source of conflict. Parentscan also get upset if their children call them once a week and theform of communication is texting instead of visiting them. Nowadayspeople would rather have a texting war for hours than go outside andsee a ray of sunlight or use their car to visit anyone (Guffey &Almonte, 2009).
Technologysupports effective communication in numerous ways. For example, itenables a person to communicate faster with receive response within ashorter period. In this point of view, technology has madecommunication easier and time efficient. In addition, technologyenables a person to save and retrieve contacts of family, friends andbusiness associates in seconds (Kovalchick & Dawson, 2004).Moreover, technology has enabled people to operate their officeduties without necessarily being in an office. For instance, managerscan follow up and give orders to their business operations while theyare on a trip in a foreign country. This means that technology’srole in effective communication has enabled fast development and lesstime to market (Burnard, 1997).
Additionally,technology has enabled efficient data transfer. Through transfer ofdata, information is comprehended much better since there is evidenceto back up the information. For example, when a person is sellinggoods, he or she can email the photos of the goods to a potentialbuyer for clarification before the goods are delivered. It can bevery tedious to deliver goods and have to take the goods back due toa misunderstanding of the customer’s quotation, yet this could beavoided if sample photos were sent to the customer for clarification(Guffey & Almonte, 2009).
Mostimportantly, technology has enabled real-time communication. Thisgives people a feeling that they are communicating with the otherparty in person despite the distance. As well, technology breaks thefeeling of being distant to loved ones. Parents can inquire andcommunicate to their children when they are away from home(Trevallion & Strazzari, 2003). As people enjoy effectivecommunicate offered by technology, there are additional things to beglad of, for instance, the internet has given a platform where peoplecan ask questions to millions of people worldwide who are willing tohelp. Simply put, with technology, people can communicate aboutanything anywhere, anytime, and one can develop a business linewithout needing a real office (Burnard, 1997).
Onthe other hand, technology has hindered effective communication in anumber of ways. A growing world based on technology reduces theamount of time spent with other people in real life. Likewise,technology has hindered effective communication as anyone can uploadinformation that might not be accurate (Guffey & Almonte, 2009).Moreover, Social skills writing skills are demolished as people tendto use shortened words or slang on social media and while messaging.Additionally, communicating over a distance might degrade the humanapproach to relations. Technology has also made peoples mind lazy asa person can ignore some parts of information and jump directly tothe interesting part of his or her choice (Kovalchick & Dawson,2004).
Inconclusion, technology allows people to communicate in a way thatthey could not communicate in person. However, People are so used tobeing glued to their phones that even when there sharing time withsomeone in person they are still on their phones texting. A cellphone although tiny creates an enormous gap between a person andtheir loved ones. People need to learn to drop their fancy devicesand focus on the most important things in life, and that is spendingquality time with their loved ones instead of using technology toescape.
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