People believe that using mobile phones and computers to communicate. Therefore, people are losing the ability to communicate with each other face to face. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Now you are benefiting from the use of mobile phone and the Internet as social interaction media, could you imagine what your daily lives would be without these inventions? Some people claim that individuals are gradually losing face-to-face communication skills. Nevertheless, from personal perspective, online communication cannot make people lose the ability of offline communication.
Apparently, excessive use of the Internet and mobile phones has been undermining our interpersonal relationship offline. Even during a face-to-face conversation, it is no rare thing that everyone is busy looking at his cell phones, neglecting his friends or families across the dinner table. In addition, it has become incredibly easy to contact each other electronically and share information instantly in social community. Gone are the days when people could only communicate via fixed telephone or writing letters which took several days to reach others. So no one is not crazy about smart phones and computers which boast cutting-edge functions like sharing photos and videos with more friends simultaneously.
In spite of the popularity of technological progress mentioned above, never should we turn a blind eye to the irreplaceablity of face-to-face communication. It is common that many schools impart knowledge to students by teaching in classrooms instead of distance education. The same is true of the cooperation among companies, which needs face to face conversation to acquire trust with each other in advance. Furthermore, although online contact may possess increasing numbers of friends, the permanence of mutual relationships cannot lack face-to-face interactions, which can be confirmed by the example of the closest friends and even loving couples. Besides, solving tricky issues are generally more effective and more convenient by surrounding colleagues or friends then by those who live and work in remote places and need online communication.
As far as social interaction is concerned, although the cell phone and the Internet have updated the lives of the current generation. People cannot forget how to make offline communication with each other.
We live in a world where communication through modern technology such as smart phone and computer is so prevalent that it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone texting, emailing, writing blogs and tweeting. Of course the use of technology can be good. It provides us with faster, more efficient ways to communicate with others, but it can also harm our ability to communicate with people face to face.
Studies have shown that students who rely so heavily on technology have trouble communicating in person because they don’t quite develop all of the necessary skills to hold or even start a face-to-face conversation. For example, students who are constantly texting with abbreviated forms of words such as “LOL” and “OMG” have begun to speak with the same acronyms. This form of talking is often seen as flighty and uneducated. Furthermore, in the face to face communication, especially the serious ones, such as interviewing someone, or just meeting someone for the first time, we need to catch the subtle tone in their voice, see their expression as it changes from sad to outraged, and look them in the eye to see if they are trustworthy. Yet most of these skills have been lost to our obsession to the smart phone and computer.
In addition, many of us have formed the habit of using the smart phone even when they are with their friends. The unspoken subtext of checking text messages in front of friends is: “Somewhere else there is someone who I care about more than you. I want to know what they have to say more than what you have to say to me now.” In this way, we are devaluing our current situation, the friends and family around us, our surroundings and setting, for something going on elsewhere. This is certainly a complete disrespect for the people we spend time with in person, which may ruin our relationship with them.
In summary, though I believe the smart phone and computer are very useful in speeding up our communication with others, they may prevent us from finding enough time to communicate with real people in person and even worse, they may result in ineffectiveness or even failure in our face-to-face interactions with others.
When it comes to the issue about the influence brought by the pervasive use of technologies, some people argue that devices like mobile phones and computers do not damage the ability to communicate face to face, but I cannot agree with this opinion.
To begin with, the presence of mobile devices and computers trap their users in a virtual world. In the past, the public might be accustomed to having parties together where they could interact with peers. However, social platforms on the Internet allows people, especially the young generation, to talk with anyone they want, because of which individuals may not attend offline activities. Naturally, people will be nervous to converse with others face to face without regular exercise.
In addition, the rise of cellphone and social websites will also dampen the enthusiasm for face-to-face communication. Currently, what do people do when they have a meal together? A lot of people, although they sit closely, attempt to post their pictures online and they hardly talk to people near them. Current technology renders it possible for users to talk to others with great distances, but it is also a double-edge sword since users may prefer to chat online rather than talk directly.
But the refuting voice may come from opponents that computers and mobile phones facilitate face-to-face communication with the function of video chat. However, they may ignore some deficiencies of video chat. It is true that people could see each other on the screen, but the fact is that people cannot observe and interpret body language of others. In face-to-face conversation, gestures and emotions could be observed clearly while online communication makes it too difficult to identify the real emotions of a person if s/he intends to hide his/her feeling.
In sum, the capacity of face-to-face communication does drop, considering that the obsession with mobile phones and computers not only lowers the frequency of face-to-face communication but also makes people lose passion for talking face to face.