Two decades ago, the use of technology such as the internet and cell phones was not in the mainstream. However, the use of technology such as the internet and cell phones has been increasing in the past few years. It has without a doubt changed how people socialize in society. Many people prefer to use modern technology such as internet and cell phones as their primary source of communication to connect with the outside world. What most fail to realize is that it can also lead to social isolation.
Many people use modern technology such as the internet and cell phone as a way of communication rather than traditional face to face conversation. One of the positives is that interacting with people that live far becomes easier than it was twenty years ago when the use of internet and cell phones were not popular at that time. People can now interact with family, friends and other people in another part of the world via mobile phones or the internet. Without the help of modern technology, people would find it harder to reunite.
Although internet and cell phones help people to connect, many claim it imprisons them from engaging in interpersonal conversation. Tossell argued that many people bemoan the “decline of talk” (280). According to the surveys from firms such as Nielsen, “after peaking in 2007, the length of cell phone conversations has been shrinking” (Tossell 280). It is hard to believe that the increased use of modern technology such as internet and cell phones can lead to social isolation.
When attention is drawn away from conversations, it creates social disconnection. Teenagers and adults these days are very fascinated and consumed with the use of internet and cell phones so much more than the past. It has led to the decrease in interpersonal communicational traditional norms. People are more likely to use the internet and cell phones for texting, sending emails, shopping, taking and posting pictures and tweeting than the actual phone function (Tossell 280). According to Kimberly Young, “Internet addiction may not yet be clearly defined, but you know it when you see it” (Collier 274). It’s startling that many teenagers are profoundly close to their smartphones. It is indisputable that spending too much time on the internet and cell phones alone can cause “[…] people [to be] more insulated and less social” (Tossell 280).
The new ways of communication have become a part of most people’s lives unlikely to change soon. Many people depend on this technology. We may conclude that the increased use of modern technology such as the internet and cell phones contributes to a great deal of social isolation to some people. But most of the time not necessarily in a negative way because it has its pros and cons; yet if we deal with it appropriately, we may not complain about its cons.
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