Revisiting Inquiry

After watching both TED talks, I realized that they have a couple things in common, especially when they talk about the inquiry process. The first TED talk talks about how the speaker, Deb Roy, wanted to understand how his infant son learned language, so he put cameral all over the house to watch the steps of his son. After tons of hours watching those videos, words such as “Ahhh” became to “water” or “mom”. The practice of inquiry is totally present on his attempt to understand how his son learned English, since the effort and the decision to select the crucial moments are part of this process. On the other hand, The Second TED talk talks about his passion for the unseen mystery, which can be easily seen on his movies such as Lost and Star Trek. The process of inquiry on his speech vary from how he choose the topics of his movies to decide what he should talk about on the TED talk. I would define a mystery box as a “box of opportunities”. It can represent infinity of possibilities, or even hope and potential. For J.J, his mystery boxes are present everywhere. For him, mystery boxes can be seen as opportunities to think out of the box. He said that “mystery is the catalyst for imagination… It’s not the most ground-breaking idea, but when I started to think that maybe there are times when mystery is more important than knowledge”. Deb Roy’s projects changed over time, on the way that he is now more mature then he was 10 years ago. A good example is the creation of “Lost”, where he and his partners had a couple of weeks to write it, cast it, crew it, shoot it, cut it, post it, turn in a two-hour pilot. So looking back at that time, he realized how important that was fo him , since the creative process is an essential part of the inquiry process. By being said, he said that that blank page is a magic box, where It needs to be filled with something fantastic. Looking over my Reader’s Guide, I found a couple of “Mystery Boxes” on my topic. I would like to explore more, how online video games are affecting friendship relationships and also family relationships. Moreover, I would like to know more about The differences of social media impact on different countries. Since I am from Brazil, I would like to know how different cultures impact on the use of technology.

Draft of Editor’s Introduction

Nowadays people tend to always be connected to theirs phones and consequently, spend more and more time on social media. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook are good ways to connect people of course, but people are using them too much, and this have been causing some problems on how people relates to each other. “If you’re anything like me, you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up to check email and respond to texts. The rest of the day, you’re constantly on a tablet, mobile device, laptop or desktop for personal or professional use. You’re messaging, browsing, friending, tweeting and sharing….It’s great that we have the technology to connect with people across the globe instantly, but there’s also a sense of disconnection”, this quote was really meaningful to me, since I saw myself in the same position at the author. However, I believe that technology and social media, can be really helpful as well. The article was written by Bryan Kramer, a Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter. The article was published on September of 2015 at the website “SocialMediaToday.com”. By reading the article at the second time, I realize that Bryan had the intention to reach the teenagers and adults readers, where he tries to interact and put himself at the same position of his readers.

After doing some research for my Inquiry Project, I have noticed that most of my sources are very similar. They talk about the same topic, but in a different way and using different examples. However, I am learning more and more every time that I research for more sources and articles. Reading those last 3 sources, I was wondering to know more about the impacts that social media are causing to marriage couple, as well as the impacts that social media are causing on single people. I would say that my topic is starting to “shape”. After reading and searching for many sources, I understood that my topic should be divided in 4 parts. The first part will talk about the technology and romance, the second part will talk about technology and family, the third part will talk about technology and friends and finally but not least, the fourth part will combine all of three and summary how technology/social media have been changing human relationships.

Glossary Of key Terms

Social media: Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

Technology: The collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.

Relationships: The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

Romance: A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.

Friendship: A relationship between friends.

Family: A basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not

Communication: The imparting or exchanging of information or news.

Snapchat: A mobile messaging service from Snap Inc. that sends a photo or video to someone that lasts only up to 10 seconds before it disappears. During that time, the recipient can take a screen shot, and the sender is notified that it was taken.

Instagram: Is a free online photo sharing and social network platform

Tinder: Is a location-based social search mobile app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.

Facebook: A popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues.

Internet: A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.

Feelings/Emotions: An emotional state or reaction.

Culture: The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

Community: A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

Multi-Tasking: Deal with more than one task at the same time.

Interpersonal Communication: The process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages: it is face-to-face communication.

Virtual relationship: Two or more individuals who are connected remotely via computer network

Presence Technology: Allows members to see which contacts are online and chat.

Marketplace: Allows members to post, read and respond to classified ads.

Research Blog #8

First Source: This Is How Technology Killed Romance

The article written by Bethany KC talks about how technology have been “killing” couples nowadays. The author explains how people are losing the personal touches in getting to know someone, meeting them face to face. Nowadays, people use to send texts and snapchats instead of hang out together. Moreover, the people are using skype and facetime more and more, so they are losing the sense of “human contact”. Reading the article I found this quote really interesting “And even in established relationships, technology somehow gets in the way. We lose the art of a real conversation, because you can just text someone now, it’s easier. Even a goodnight phone call seems to be too hard, we can just send a quick text. We lose the spontaneity of just turning up on someone front door with a bunch of flowers, and saying, ‘come on, I’m taking you out!’ A relationship should have romance, and I’m really sure that you cannot measure romance on how many words per minute you can type!”. This situation is present in almost every relationship these days. Couples tend to have more virtual than face to face conversations, which is really worrisome for me.

 

Second Source: How Does Technology Affect Family Communication?

Barbara Sorensen talks about how technology have been affecting family communication over the past 20 years. Nowadays there are a huge plethora of ways to communicate effectively. From text messaging, Skype, webcams, Facebook, Twitter and emails, the facilitation of communication has never been more available. However, people are avoiding to have face to face conversations, by just texting and skyping each other. On the family field, there is a huge impact on communication, since families nowadays are spending less time together, due the fact that they are always connected to some kind of technologic device. “Television is one mode of technology that can prevent a family from communicating. With the advent of Tevo and myriad 24-hours-a-day program availability, the family can literally sit for hours without speaking a word to each other.” That was the first time that I read and stop to think about it. People now tend to spend hours “together” watching TV, but at the same time they are not “together”. The idea that being at the same place and at the same moment does not mean that they are spending time together. This quote was really meaningful to me and I will certainly look for more sources about this.

Research Blog #7

Source 1:  Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World HC

The author of this article is Don Tapscott, a writer from Chicago that have been studying the relationships among technology and the new generation. Don talks about how the new generation is always connected to some kind of technologic device. He also says that the new generation have literally grown up digital they’re part of a global cultural phenomenon, which can be an extremely positive thing. The quote “The Net Generation Has Arrived… Are you ready for it?… Chances are you know a person between the ages of 11 and 30. You’ve seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen, and doing who-knows-what on Facebook or Myspace”, defined the idea of the new generation”. However, Don believes that this new generation can change the future, they just have to learn and understand how to use social media and technology in a “good” way.

After reading this source, I found really interesting the idea that if you stop to think, the new generation is always connected to the internet. Personally, I always see 8-years-old child playing with IPad, instead of going outside and play with friends. This source is pretty similar to my past sources, however, it gave me a new perspective of how the new generation is “behaving”. The article didn’t refer to any other source in particular, but I believe that by searching for more text of Don Tapscott I would find more sources about this topic. As I said before, I really liked the quote that I mentioned before. Those five things are always present on a life of young and adult people.

 

Source 2: All Romantic Relationships Are Digital Now

The article written by Robinson Meyer shows how the relationships are becoming more and more digital nowadays. The idea that internet have been changing relationships is a little bit frustrating for Robinson, but those changes are not necessary negative changes. The survey reports “21 percent of cell owners or internet users in a committed relationship have felt closer to their spouse or partner because of exchanges they had online or via text message.” and “9 percent have resolved an argument with their partner online or by text message that they were having difficulty resolving in person.” are good examples that internet and technology can be used in a positive and useful way.

The article instigate me to know more about the differences of the impacts that technology have among young and olds people. I would like to know more about how old people are dealing to this new “digital era” and see if this have been changing their lives as well.

Research Blog #6

First Source:  Technology is rewriting the rulebook for human interaction

The key claims of the text is the idea of “ virtual distance”. “Virtual distance is a psychological and emotional sense of detachment that accumulates little by little, at the sub-conscious or unconscious level, as people trade-off time interacting with each other for time spent “screen skating” (swiping, swishing, pinching, tapping, and so on).” This happens every day, every time. The author provides examples of this phenomenon at the work field, during dates and among family as well. I really enjoyed the quote “Virtual distance research underscores that the rules of interaction have changed. It changes the way people feel – about each other, about themselves, and about how they fit into the world around them”, since I felt that this describes our new generation. The author of the article is are Karen Sobel Lojeski And Martin Westwell, both psychologist and writers. Published at the famous website “Phys.org”, the authors showed a variety of examples and situations where the “virtual distance” is presented nowadays, and the consequences of it.

Second Source: How technology has changed relationships (for better and worse)

In this article, the author claims that there is no doubting that technology has changed how we’re conducting our relationships. The way that technology have been changing relationships can be seen as good or bad, depending of what and how people look at it. Reading this article, I found a couple of interesting quotes, but one of them make me stop and reflect about it for a long time, also this quote define the overall “meaning” of the article, it says “It comes up in my couples’ practice every day without fail, because it’s both inescapable and changing the love landscape with every blip and beep….., With our tiny computers in our pockets and handbags, we can now connect faster, more easily, more sneakily, and – on some levels – more ambiguously.” The article presents 8 ways in which relationships have morphed in the past decade, which are : Connection, The soul mate search, Ease and power, Texting, Breaking up is easy to do,  Affairs, Let the internet be your boyfriend and Immediacy. The author of the article is Jill Godson, an writer from New Zealand. Moreover, the article was published two years ago at the newspaper “NZHerald”. Due the fact that technology have been increasing a lot in the past 10 years, Jill’s writing about this topic to help and inform people about how technology can be bad if used in the “wrong” way, but at the same time can be helpful if used in the ‘correct” way.\

Third Source: How Technology Affects Human Relationships

Nowadays people tend to always be connected to theirs phones and consequently, spend more and more time on social media. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook are good ways to connect people of course, but people are using them too much, and this have been causing some problems on how people relates to each other. “If you’re anything like me, you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up to check email and respond to texts. The rest of the day, you’re constantly on a tablet, mobile device, laptop or desktop for personal or professional use. You’re messaging, browsing, friending, tweeting and sharing….It’s great that we have the technology to connect with people across the globe instantly, but there’s also a sense of disconnection”, this quote was really meaningful to me, since I saw myself in the same position at the author. However, I believe that technology and social media, can be really helpful as well. The article was written by Bryan Kramer, a Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter. The article was published on September of 2015 at the website “SocialMediaToday.com”. By reading the article at the second time, I realize that Bryan had the intention to reach the teenagers and adults readers, where he tries to interact and put himself at the same position of his readers.

After doing some research for my Inquiry Project, I have noticed that most of my sources are very similar. They talk about the same topic, but in a different way and using different examples. However, I am learning more and more every time that I research for more sources and articles. Reading those last 3 sources, I was wondering to know more about the impacts that social media are causing to marriage couple, as well as the impacts that social media are causing on single people. I would say that my topic is starting to “shape”. After reading and searching for many sources, I understood that my topic should be divided in 4 parts. The first part will talk about the technology and romance, the second part will talk about technology and family, the third part will talk about technology and friends and finally but not least, the fourth part will combine all of three and summary how technology/social media have been changing human relationships.

 

Research Blog #4

I chose to write about the article “How technology has changed romance”. The title of the article called my attention so I decided to read and know more about it. Moreover, by just reading the title, I can definitely say that the article is extremely related to my topic.

  1. Describing the author’s key claims:

The authors key claims is show how technology have been changing romance relationships. The author says that we are living in a digital era, so the constant use of smartphones, and consequently the use of texts and messages are increasing a lot. Nowadays, social media are part of most of the relationships, be by jus posting a photo on Instagram or by having distance relationships “via” skype”.

  1. Selecting examples to illustrate the author’s argument:

As I was reading the article, I found plenty of good examples that support the key claim. However, there is one quote that really opened my eyes and give the main idea of the text to the readers: ” These days we often text instead of speak, use FaceTime instead of having face-to-face discussions and zip through online dating profiles with the same speed it takes to order a pizza”.

  1. Presenting the gist of the author’s argument:

Nowadays, people are always using their phones, and this have been causing some “problems” in the romance field. Couples tend to spend less time together then they use to, just because now they can text instead of have a face-to-face conversation. Of course social media is a good and practical way to communicate not just with your boyfriend, but also with friends and family. But when people chose to have a text conversation instead of hang out and spend some time together, we can say that something is wrong.

  1. Contextualizing with you summarize:

The author of this text is Breeanna Hare, who is a journalist at CNN. The title of the text is “How technology has changed romance”, and it was published at the CNN website, which means that the text is accessible to all types of readers that have the interest to know more about it. The purpose of the text is to alert and inform people of the problems that technology have been causing to romance relationships nowadays. Breeanna focus her text to adults couples, but she also talks the effects of technology on teenagers.

Research Log #3

During my researches over the UNCC library website, I found two interesting articles that potentially match with my question/topic: How is social media and technology affecting relationships. The first article talks “The Role of Social Network Sites in Romantic Relationships: Effects on Jealousy and Relationship Happiness”, wrote by Sonja Utz, talks about how social networks sites and social media have been changing the way people relates to each other. The article was published in July 5th of 2011, which can be considered a pretty new article. Moreover, by being a peer-review article, I could definitely trust on the provided information. Sonja Utz, the respective author of the article, is a respected professor at the University of Amsterdam. There, she graduated in Phycology, and in the past 10 years she is focus on the study of social media affecting people. Reading the article was really helpful for me, since I learned the impacts that social media and social networks sites have couples and people that use those kinds of website to meet new people. It is impressive how social network site have been increasing in a huge fast speed. Definitely, the reading of the article “open new doors” for me, in terms of going deeper on this topic. Questions such as “ why social networks have been increasing so much” and “ why people are not having face-to-face conversation anymore” were examples of questions that I was wondering to know after the reading of the article.

The second article that I found interesting and related to my topic was  “Digital Dwelling: Technology in Couple and Family Relationships”. I chose this article, because I want to know how is technology affecting the relationships not just on the “romance” area, but also on the “friendship”, “family” and “work field” area. By being said, this article talks about how families nowadays tend to spend less time together, due the fact that parents and children are spending more time connected to the internet. The author of the article, Katherine M. Hertlein is a professor of Phycology on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. By being an recent article and wrote by an professional on the topic, I felt that this article is extremely trustable. Definitely, the reading of the article changed my mind. Knowing that technology are drastically changing relationships over families all around the word, is very sad for me. Katherine made me stop and think about the importance of my family to me. Moreover, families are the principal role on the development of a child. Morals and Values are primary taught by parents, and knowing that technology have been changing this, in parts, is extremely worrisome for me.

After the reading of both articles, I have no doubts that I am on the right path to do my inquiry project. The information that I have learned on the articles, helped me to think about more ideas to my topic. Understanding the research process was the most important thing for me by doing this activity. Learn how to use the library website and consequently, look for good and precise articles/databases/books, would help me not just in this class, but also in future class and projects.

 

Articles Links:

First Article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.librarylink.uncc.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2011.01552.x/abstract

Second Article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.librarylink.uncc.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00702.x/full

Argument as Conversation

I found really interesting the reading of the article “ Argument as Conversation”. The author Stuart Green provides essential information that will be helpful for me not for my inquiry process is this class, but also in future projects as well. Thinking about a simple question, it is always the best way to start a research for me. By thinking about a simple question, I can expand this simple question to more complex questions, which will give me more detailed information about the topic.

Stuart Greene explains through this article that an inquiry process is way more complicated than just collect information. He divides into two categories, Reading as inquiry and Reading as a search for information. Greene defines reading as inquiry as a reading to see one part of the conversation, and after that, asking questions and look for more information, for then come back and see the other part of the conversation. On the other hand, Greene defines Reading as a search for information as a reading about the topic, just focusing on the words itself. This concept does not goes deeper on the “second intentions” of the text, it just goes deep enough to have a have a conversation and a “basic” understating of what the text is about.

On the dictionary, framing means “the act, process, or manner of constructing anything.” Being said, Greene states that framing is a very important part who the author will present his topic. Framing will define how you as an author, wants your audience to see your opinions. This will guide them to your viewpoints. During my researchers over my inquiry project topic, I found an article that is “framing” every time. “how technology affect human relationships”, wrote by Bryan Kamer build this article by trying to persuade you of how social media have been changing the way people relates to each other nowadays. And honestly, he did a perfect job, since I completely changed my mind after reading his article. Moreover, I use to see “framing” everywhere. Newspapers, TV, books, you can always detect the framing process.

Definitely after reading “Argument as Conversation” I learned good tips of how to do a better job on my future researches. I am sure that I will be able to find better sources and look to those articles with “new eyes”, which will help me writing my inquiry project.