At present, do modern technologies and recent innovations really help us achieve an effective conversation with someone else? Or, does it complicate our way of delivering our own message because of its influence on our daily routines and habits? Everyone knew the impact of technologies on our everyday lives. In general, modern technologies and innovations make our work easier and more convenient. In a single click from our computer, we can learn pertinent information about someone or something for a matter of seconds. We can spend our leisure time listening to music using our headphones. Technology created a diverse world among us.
Despite the numerous advantages we gained from these technologies, we cannot really conclude if it can pose a danger or threat to each one of us. In a one-on-one conversation, for example, it is not really safe for us to give our personal information to a stranger we only knew through various social networking sites. These technologies still have their down sides for us to reflect upon. It can also make our daily living a more intricate one, at least on how we can achieve an efficient and effective conversation with someone else.
According to Sherry Turkle, personal conversation among people is being replaced by connection, of course, through the use of modern technologies. Modern technologies used in communication such as mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, etc. have molded the minds of every individual in the idea that nothing is already impossible because of them. We can send thousands of pictures through the use of internet; we can send our resume and bio data through email – all of these things are made possible because of our gadgets.
Behind the growing popularity of the recent gadgets invented mainly for communication, there are still possible drawbacks involved in using these gadgets. There is something left uncategorized in assessing the overall effectiveness of the present communication that we have – it lacks personal emotion and sincerity. It is solely because conversations using mobile phones, emails, SMS, etc. are informal and lack the presence of both communicating parties. We cannot really portray what feelings or emotions we want to show and explain to the opposite party. Whereas in having a personal communication, no technology is directly involved to provide an effective conversation. Only your thoughts are the ones working together to form a clear and effective talk.
Honestly speaking, I am also an avid fan of these recent innovations. I always desire to have new gadgets like cellular phones and computers. Sooner or later, I may have captured the peak for the desire of these gadgets. Technologies have really emerged as part of our lives. These gadgets may have corrupted everyone’s minds, especially the young ones who have little knowledge about the harmful benefits of these modern technologies. The question now lies on how people can control or even minimize the effects caused by these technologies in their daily lives. Now, the foremost question to be undertaken lies on the capability of everyone to critically evaluate the impact of these gadgets in relation with how we communicate with other people. It is up to us on how we will respond to these changes that affect our way of communicating others.
Turkle, Sherry. The Flight from Conversation. The New York Times. (21 April 2012). <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&>