Several years ago, a NPR news station, WBUR, told a story of a family that practices a Sabbath. This Sabbath is not associated with religion like one would think. Their Sabbath is an Internet Sabbath. The Powers family of Orleans, Massachusetts, practice their Internet Sabbath every Friday night through Sunday evening which excludes use of computers, video games and smart phones. The father, William Powers discussed the difficulty by stating, “It almost had an existential feeling of, ‘I don’t know who I am with the Internet gone.’ But after a few months it hardened into a habit and we all began to realize we were gaining a lot from it” (Adler, 2013). Elimination of technology is ...view middle of the document...
e. cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. affects their day to day interactions.
In regards to personal experiences, I think it is safe to say we all have had and continue to have daily experiences that show the effects of technology on interpersonal communication. Recently, my cellphone magically quit working. When I realized my phone wasn't coming back on, I had similar thoughts to those previously shown in the clip; "How am I going to function without my phone? How will I get anything done? I don't even have an alarm clock."
This left me in quite the predicament because I didn’t have a backup cell phone nor an extra $700 to pay for a brand new phone. Luckily, with the advancements in iPad messaging, I was able to maintain some communication with people for the week without my cell phone. Once the logistics were worked out with AT&T and I received my new iPhone, I thought about the pros and cons of managing day to day without one. I realized how much time I spend in day with my head down and my thumbs moving and how often I mindlessly click the home button. It’s a lot easier to notice how often everyone else around you is on their phone especially when you don’t have access to one. It was nice to be ‘out of pocket’ so to speak and have to rely on face to face communication. I thought about what it was like in the past when cell phones were more of luxury, when most people didn't have them and how that is far from what it is today. One week without a smart phone provided me with insight on how I communicate with people which ultimately lead to this topic. (Topic Revelation) The information presented in this speech will address the negative effects technology has on interpersonal communication.
Preview of Main Points: This discussion will highlight three main points that aid to confirm technology negatively affects interpersonal communication.
* The age most affected by technology use
* The effect of technology on social skills and face to face communication
* The emotional side effects of technology
Main Point 1:
When I was eight years old, I spent a lot of time outside, using my imagination and playing pretend with my two sisters. Times have changed since 1998. In a recent survey conducted by www.vouchercloud.net, results revealed that most children receive their first cell phone by the age of six. The website asked 2,290 American parents, each with at least one child between the age of 11 and 16, to provide information on the types of technology they had purchased for their children. The survey produced the following results:
96%: Cell phone
83%: TV and/ or sound system
71%: Handheld gaming console
65%: eBook reader