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Has Technology Affected Social Relationships In Society?

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Real-life conversations require more input than online interactions. You have to be paying attention, you have no time to think up clever or witty responses and you need to understand the other person's tone of voice and body language.
Studies suggest that children are losing their ability to read social cues, such as fidgeting, foot tapping, long pauses and eye contact, as well as facial expressions. These are key indicators during conversations, allowing you to gauge the other person's emotions.
Many studies indicate that people are choosing to avoid face to face contact, in favour of communicating with others through social media and texting. This prevents them from working on their communication skills, such as holding a conversation, being engaged, and staying focused.
Parents have reported frequently that their children avoid uncomfortable social interactions by staring at their phone. For example, instead of just standing in-line at Starbucks, people are choosing to stare at their phones instead. This limits their verbal social interactions further.
A lack of verbal interactions has led to many children having trouble initiating conversations, with people ranging from other students, to employers or their friend's parents. This could lead to lifelong social problems when it comes time for them to get a job or go to post secondary school.
Has Technology Had A Negative Impact On Our Communication Skills?
“A one second delay in page loading time can result in 11% fewer page views, 16% decreased customer satisfaction and 7% fewer conversions on the site” (Weatherhead, 2014).
While technology has not been proven to shorten our attention spans, many studies suggest that it does. Considering the fact that the average person’s patience has been decreased, with studies showing that 32% of computer users will abandon a website if it does not load between 1 and 5 seconds.
The average attention span of humans has also decreased to 5 minutes; that's down from 12 minutes 10 years ago according to AssistedLivingToday.com.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number car accidents attributed to texting while driving, biking, walking, and skateboarding. This poses a huge danger to all parties involved in these accidents.
Studies show that homework, chores, work and other activities are being frequently interrupted when people receive alerts through technology.
In Matt Richtel’s new book A Deadly Wandering, researchers tell him that texting impairs driving more than being drunk.
The internet has been proven to "rewire" our brains overtime. While reading teaches our brain to be focused and imaginative, in contrast technology enhances our ability to scan information quickly.
Technology is helping keep us more informed than ever before.
Is There A Positive Impact Of Technology On Social Relationships?
Has Technology And Social Media Affected Our Relationships?
By Sydney Wettlaufer
As communicating online becomes a way of life, social scientists become worried.
Are There More Social Interactions Taking Place In Person Or Through Technology?
Are Children Learning Independence When Using Technology?
When mom and dad can always be reached for money, advice, or information, are children learning to think for themselves?
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References
Has Technology Shortened Our Attention Spans?
Phone calls have become obsolete, with most teens turning to Twitter, Facebook and texting as a way to communicate. The consequences of which are social awkwardness and social anxiety.
Many people are concerned whether children are developing "real" friendships these days, because rather than talking face to face they text each other. Additionally, many teenagers consider people they have only communicated with online to be their friends, despite never meeting them.
Some people find it easier to stay in touch with multiple people at one time, without devoting hours to phone conversations.
One of the benefits of online communication is you can address concerns or questions you have with teachers and employers, without having an awkward conversation. For example, if you have concerns about your grade you can email your teacher to talk about them, without engaging in an uncomfortable situation.
Doctors are witnessing an increase in the number of mentally ill children, primary due to technology use. Mental illness is known as a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others. Technology is helping to distance people of all ages from one another physically.
As children and parents become more connected to technology, they are detaching from one another. For example, many parents use television, iPads or phones to pacify and entertain their children, while this lessens their workload, it drives a wedge between the child and the parent. Behavior such as this, prevents the child from learning how to entertain themselves and be creative.
Many people rely on technology for reminders. Everything from reminding them to get up in the morning, pick up their children, and buy groceries.
The use of technology from an early age keeps parents tied to their children 24/7. They become dependent on always being able to reach their parents when they need them, preventing them from developing problem solving skills of their own.
Scenario - During school Ali gets a call from her boss asking if she can come into work right after school. While Ali normally arranges a ride with her mom days in advance of work, she calls her mom to come and get her and take her to work.
Social networking also has the upside of raising one's self esteem and encouraging “virtual empathy”, where people reach out to one another, whether they know them or not, to show support and offer encouragement.
For children that are shy, it can help them connect with other people.
Cellphones, computers, and other technology is helping to keep people more connected than ever before. It used to be unavoidable to miss the 6 car pile up on your way to work and arrive 45 minutes late to work. Now technology is helping to keep better informed about road conditions, weather, and product prices.
Did You Know?
According to a study published in 2013, 72% of teenagers said they texted regularly, with 1 in 3 sending more than 100 texts per day (Stewart, 2013).
It's A Fact
The following statistics were gathered by www.accuconference.com.

According to their research in 2012,

53% of adults owned a smartphone.
42% of people admitted to using their phone for entertainment when they were bored.
51% of cell phone users used their phone at least once to get information.
27% said they had trouble doing something because they did not have their phone.
29% of people said they turn off their phones at night to take a break from their digital life.
In Conclusion: Has Technology Affected Our Relationships?
Here's The Facts
The title and information presented in the article state that our average attention span is 5 minutes, not 5 seconds.
Presentation skills are also being affected because many people speak in abbreviated forms (LOL, OMG) and they often have trouble getting a flow to their speech due to repetitive words (starting every sentence with okay, saying ummm). Additionally, students have poor presentation skills, due to a lack of “real” conversations.
For a child who is comfortable socially, and able to connect with others verbally with ease, technology offers more benefits because it allows them to connect with even more people.
However, for a child uncomfortable socially, social media offers a way around developing any social skills. Preventing them from breaking out of their introverted shell and learning how to communicate.
Diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders have been increasing rapidly, due to technology overuse in children.
One benefit of technology has been that it has allowed children with mental disabilities, autism, or who are just shy, to connect with other people. This gives them a place to start learning how to communicate and, in many cases, helps them improve when they engage in social interactions.
A survey of about 2,500 teachers found that 87% believed technology is creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans" and 64% say today's digital technologies "do more to distract students than to help them academically.
Has Technology Had A Negative Impact On Our Communication Skills? Continued
Attention [is] the gateway to thinking. Without it, other aspects of thinking, namely, perception, memory, language, learning, creativity, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making are greatly diminished or can’t occur at all (Taylor, 2012).
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If you want a high paying, stable job, or to be admitted to a college or university, you must have good face-to-face communication skills.
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