Technological advancement is coming as a revolution in the 21st century. Changes in technology have a direct influence on people’s lives. Social media has taken over news channels to a great extent, it serves multiple purposes for different groups of people. Face-to-face conversations have mostly shifted to online chit-chats, only because of technology. People have gained control over how much they want to reveal and they can be selective about the information they want to provide about themselves. People can get an education online, run their businesses through online stores and even find a romantic partner. But modern technology cannot provide the essence of face-to-face conversations. It’s difficult to be emotionally connected and identify the emotions of a person through online communication.
Why do young people prefer online communication?
Modern technology has changed the way communication takes place. People can talk to each other while sitting in different corners of the world. Technology has significantly reduced the communication gap caused by physical distance people, people are connected on Facebook, Twitter, and others. There is so much freedom regarding the time of conversation and some of these sites even provide users the liberty to take back the words through “unsend message”.
Young people especially prefer online communication as it saves the effort of meeting people to get the message through. The youth is full of zeal and likes to be vocal about their opinions, these networking sites provide them a platform to share their thoughts and opinions on different things happening around the world. In recent times, the older generation is also following their footsteps and embracing the change. They are not as dependent on these sites for communication as uth is. The problem with texting is that people cannot see each other’s gestures or expressions like they can in face-to-face conversations which creates a gap to some extent but the concept of video calls has significantly reduced this gap.
Impact of modern technology on human communication
Technology has helped humans a great deal in establishing connections with each other but it has some downsides as well. People can use networking sites to propagate negative things. It’s easier to say negative stuff to people without fearing their reactions. The propagation of hate speech is one of the major problems of these networking sites. Hate speech continues to negatively impact people’s lives and their mental health. Technology has created a gap as people are not physically together so it’s not possible to have the intimacy that they can have in face-to-face communication. While technology connects people who aren’t physically together, it creates distance between one those who are around each other. People are on their phones all the time and sometimes people sitting in different rooms of the same house use texting to communicate. Technology has made humans careless of their surroundings.
Modern technology comes with its pros and cons, users need to be mindful while using technology for communication. Online communication can never replace face-to-face interactions but it can help maintain connections with those who are not together. It depends on human awareness and intelligence to use these platforms wisely.
Sometimes people say things that even the law would not allow them to and they can easily get away with it. It is necessary to have face-to-face conversations as well to maintain an emotional connection with people.
Humans need to understand how to deal with the negative things that come with this advancement in technology. Only then will technology truly be an asset to humankind.