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.
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.
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.
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.\
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.
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”. 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”. 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. 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.
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.
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.