Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pros and Cons of Technology

Dear Sherry Turkle,

Your article, “Alone Together:  Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other” strengthens my opinion that we rely on technology a lot more then we normally are used to in today’s world.  Our dependence on technology is so great that meeting in a face-to-face setting is becoming less important to us.  Software’s such as Skype allow people to hold meetings and conferences from anywhere around the world.  In my opinion this is great because it saves companies costs on flying out employees to a specific location.  However, technology has affected us negatively as well.  People would rather text then hold a phone conversation.  From a time consuming standpoint, people are checking their Facebook and Twitter from the cell phones more often then they check more important sources such as the news.  While technology has been a productive advancement for the most part, it has also resulted in interference with our everyday lives.  

Something that stood out to me in your article was when you talked about how people would rather leave a voicemail then talk in a face-to-face setting.  I would have to agree with this statement and I do find it interesting that people are not using their face-to-face communication skills as much as they should be just because there are other means in talking to one another.  In my opinion, talking face-to-face is the most productive way to hold a conversation and solve problems.  This is because we can see people’s emotions and judge how serious they may be about a certain situation.  Although technology has come a long way and has been beneficial for the most part, people still need to know how to communicate the traditional way.

Steve Schreck

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