It is argued that the emerging communication technology has destructive impacts on the social connections of an individual. I agree with the idea because of potential misunderstanding and self-isolation. However, we should not disregard its profound benefits: flexibility and new relationship opportunities.
The modern way of communication such as emailing, text messaging and online chatting can cause misunderstanding between people. A text message does not show the sender’s emotion or tone of voice, which is important in interpreting the meaning of the message. For example, in a study of Dr. Epley from University of Chicago, only 50% of the researched focus group interpreted the given emails’ tone accurately. Secondly, modern communication can cause one’s isolation from the society. An individual is still able to reach out to others through online messaging, which leads to minimal human interaction, and consequently diminishes one’s socializing skills, resulting in isolation and distance from others. A report in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions in 2017 pointed out that there was a positive correlation between social skills deficits and Internet addiction in 300 studied adolescents.
On the other hand, virtual communication is advantageous. The first advantage of cyber communication is that it allows great flexibility, which removes all geographical and time barriers. People in different locations and time zones can instantly connect with each other via the internet. The latest research from the U.S Science and Technology Department points out that more than almost half of the world’s population have experienced instant information exchange. The second advantage is that virtual communication allows greater chance for new relationships. Researchers from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed in a study that more than one third of married couples in the U.S met online.
In conclusion, I agree that modern communication has some drawbacks. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that it also offers a great deal of advantages that ease our lives.
Nguồn: DOL English