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Technology (through television, texting, Facebook posting, a
Transcript of Technology (through television, texting, Facebook posting, a
Social Networking and The Internet
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In our concluding statement, we believe that all aspects of technology have contributed to a decline in our literacy skills. Whether is be from instant gratification of text messages or status updates or sitting on the couch/laying in bed for hours watching Honey Boo Boo, Sixteen and Pregnant, or Jackass. Children grew up with and around technology; text
, twitter, Facebook, etc. are the way to
. As the generations become more technology dependent, we will see a decline in personal interaction and people will not what face to face communication is all about. Only time will tell, but with time, we make adjustments as a society or the trends will continue in the same direction.
Lol, omg, and cuz are "words" used today in text messages. Let's go back to the first cell phones. They were big and bulky, you had to physically push buttons to dial and sending a text message wasn't even considered. Today we have touchscreen phones that we use to send hundreds of messages a day back and forth to one another. Our obsession with text lingo is showing a decrease in literacy skills. Not only are literacy skills taking a hit, social interaction is declining as well. Friends in the same room, sitting on the same couch will send messages back and forth. What has happened to spoken communication?
"There has been this general sense in the last two or three years that we are finding more students are struggling in terms of language proficiency," says Rummana Khan Hemani, the university's director of academic advising.[A]
"Punctuation errors are huge, and apostrophe errors. Students seem to have absolutely no idea what an apostrophe is for. None. Absolutely none." [A]
Television or TV has a positive side; it can be educational for kids and be entertaining for adults, but it also has a dark side.
Studies show that children the ages from 2-5 spend almost 32 hours a week in front of a TV and kids from ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours per week in front of the TV. [B] Another study showed that 71% of 8-18-year-olds have a TV in their room. [B1]
Kids are watching so much TV, that they are missing out on the activities they should be involved in. Reading for pleasure is an activity that is hardly practiced by kids of all ages these days. TV can also attribute to unfinished homework. Why would you want to educate your brain when Here comes Honey Boo Boo is on? Another study showed the long term effects of TV watching. "Watching more TV in childhood increased chances of dropping out of school and decreased chances of getting a college degree, even after controlling for confounding factors. [B2]
"According to Cornell University's Steven Strogatz, social media sites can make it make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media." [C]
Facebook, twitter, Pin-trest, Instagram, etc. have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Text lingo is also commonly used on these network sites to express ourselves. We have become so accustomed to this lingo that it falls into our regular writing. Not only are there negative effects to literacy skills, but also many health effects as well. First there is elevated exasperation; children getting frustrated when asked to do any type of task while playing video games or surfing the internet. Secondly patience is deteriorating; someone of any age getting frustrated while waiting for a page that is taking to long to load. Thirdly writing skills are decreasing; people are relying to much on computer spell check, and even cursive writing is become "extinct." Last there is the lack of physical interactivity; people of all ages would much rather spend their time in front of the TV or computer. This is unhealthy at any age. Sure you may be interacting with people on social networking sites, but your are not physically participating in an activity. [D]