In this essay you will learn how technology has affected communication in our daily life, what are its effects on face to face communication and how it has affected us positively and negatively. So let’s start:-
Technology speeds up the communication between people. Technology provides convenience to use more than one method of communication. Now people can use email, social media, chat messengers, video conferencing, video calls, images, videos, symbols, diagrams, charts and emoticons etc. for the communication.
But technology has also impacted us positively and negatively in our daily life communication.
Before the evolution of technology, humans were more focused on their goals, we were more productive due to lack of distractions, we were composed to be of creative nature due to lack of luxury of information, life was slow, the competition was small due to lack of communication gap among people and business. The communication was not so fast and destructive and it was not viral.
How the overuse of Technology has affected communication negatively
Technology should not affect humans adversely, it is not created to affect in that manner. But when we overuse it, when we forget the basic rules and methods then it hits back at us. This is true for any communication machine and technology. Even if you eat too much you become unhealthy. If you sleep too much you will become unhealthy. There are certain limits of each machine.
I hope in future the new inventions will be able to inform users that you’re using such apps and web too much right now, and you need to take break. I think these big IT companies and even startups can build these applications to inform and guide users that now it’s time to cut the phone, it’s time to relax etc., that can be a solution. But now let’s learn how the overuse of communicational technologies affects our daily life:
1. Technology affects the peace of mind:-
Many people show off money, pride, reputation in society, power of position, luxury in communications etc. The truth is absent in communication. I am not saying it was not the same before, but today it’s more prevalent in communication due to technology.
The rich poor, good and bad, right or wrong, best and worst comparison communication through images, videos, group meetings and debates are affecting the peace of mind.
2. Technology destroyed the love and emotions of people:-
The love and emotions are absent from communication. People just forward the content. the communication is manipulative. It’s based on data, market demand, reputation in the society and popularity. Society treats the rich and poor differently. Society selects the leaders based on popularity and not on principle and merit. Now these things are reducing the love, trust and emotions in good people.
It’s was not this way earlier, because people did not have access to other state’s content and viral things.
We need to think how many of us love to plant new trees? Do we love nature? Do we communicate with respect? We are affected by technology and living competition on this earth.
Today we are ready to communicate with almost anyone, and many of us do not have time to communicate because we are busy in our own life and problems. We don’t have time for others without meaning (money, reputation).
3. People are busy and but wasting time:-
People are really busy these days, but they are not busy in business, personal, career or environmental development. Most of the population is communicating through mobile (chatting, sharing, liking) and they think it’s important for them to communicate and react.
People are so much busy and they forget their practical side of life. For example, I am communicating with you, but in the same time i am busy on my mobile phone. This is reducing the quality of communication between us.
Our behaviors have become such that we want to achieve everything quickly. It looks like we are in a race. Sometime it creates anger and destruction in the society, and we forget why are in such a rush. Where we are going. What we will achieve at the end of the day.
Actually that was not the case before technology took over our life. People were so calm and cool. They were having so much patience. For example, Thomas Edison failed 9999 times but never lost his focus, commitment, behavior, communication with people and invented the light bulb and so many other things after that. Today, we fail at the first attempt and we start approaching consultants.
It’s looks impossible, because today we want everything faster. Actually technology is driving humans to do everything faster without thinking and it’s affecting our communication. For example, when someone whatsapp you something, it’s important to see and respond. It seems urgent and very important work. We need to respond because we like and believe on other person and we care about their message. No matter if it’s just a joke or a music video.
Today, technology is greatly affecting the communication between thousands of people in a split second. Many things are wasting our time and we’re becoming more busy than productive. The debates, questions, viral communications are not achieving the desired results and conclusions. There are even newer topics to communicate next day and we start looking for the next conclusions.
3. Human reaching top level of concupiscence, Anger, Greed, Fascination and Jealousy:-
The use of technology in communication is increasing more concupiscence, anger, greed, fascination and jealousy, it’s because the technology has created higher competition in the market, everyone is fighting with each other for career, business, income and reputation. It’s creating stress in the communication. That’s leading to anger and stress in society for winning.
And thus, communication is affected.
Social Media content and many apps are producing vulgar content, far more than educational content. It’s creating and attracting people for concupiscence. People are laughing on personal attacks and companies are getting benefits by targeting poor mindsets.
Personal attacks mean here, reducing and comparing someone’s intelligence, making jokes on teachers, leaders and treating failures like criminals etc. and that is teaching our new generation the very worst lessons of communication.
4. Highest standard of communication but lack of integrity and trust:
The trust and truth is absent in communication. People are using mobile, computer, and sharing various types of content. But not all content that is viral influences the society positively. Everyone just forwards the messages without thinking what will be its impact on the other person.
And I think this content is created or approached by certain group of people to disturb the society so that they will forget main agendas of practical life. Such as career development, personal development and nation development.
One Listener and thousands of speakers
Communication has massively affected the interpersonal communication between two people. Today, due to technology more and more people want to speak, they want to share their thoughts and knowledge. It’s not bad, but the problem is that only 1 person is listening and thousands of people are speaking. So the communication is not from leader to follower, but the message and communication is spread from crowd to followers.
This is also a case of information overload where the listener is overwhelmed by too many people demanding his attention. He is not able to focus properly for deciding his priorities in life to take appropriate action.
But before the advent of technology there was One speaker and thousand of listeners. Everyone was hungry for listening and implementing the positive in their daily life. Today, people argue the positive, they even find and look for perfection and perfect idea instead of what they are getting. They are not satisfied.
For example, there are thousands videos on a single topic but no one is producing the unique content except a few. Most communication is from trolls to make posts go viral. The standard of communication is poor and is only present to support own agenda rather than listening to what others have to say.
5. People were more interested in learning and executions
Before technology came along people were crazy about learning, they carried books, they were habitual learners. They used to go to satsang (religious choir), Used to listen and implement lessons of Ramayana and Gita and very religious practices in the daily life. They followed the shlokas, dohe, poems chemistry in their daily life.
And today, we replaced that with the media content. So if public is becoming mad, it’s because of the quality and practical side of content. Even if the content is inspiring there is most often a hidden agenda behind sharing it. The most important duty of today’s public to just like, share and then forget. Implementation if any bright ideas takes a back seat as soon as we move to the next piece of content.
What does this mean? It means most of the people just share the content but do not implement in their own life. The communication is just artificial. In future Artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect the communication in an even bigger way (both positively and negatively) than we ever imagined. It’s because the communication will be Pre-planned according to the people and situations at hand.
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How the balanced and wise use of Technology has affected the Communication Positively:
Every object has a minimum of two side or facets to it, and many of them have 5. If there are negative effects of technology on society there are also many positives. So, let’s learn in following points, how a balance between life and technology can build and enhance communication:-
1. More than one method to contact: –
Technology is like a garden in which there are many trees providing different variety of fruits in varied colors. So the Internet is like a garden and social media, emails, videos, blogs, forums and mobile phones are the trees. Each tree contains its own nature, environment and fruits.
Whereas an email tree is mostly used for business purposes, a social media tree is for personal communication. Videos tree for learning and listening. Blog/ebooks/books tree is for communication with writers thoughts, point of view on personal and professional topic. Etc.
Communication is not only what two people or thousands of people talk about. It’s also about brain to brain communication through blog, message etc. It’s also about heart to heart communication.
I just mean to say here that today we have more than one method to contact and communicate with people. Today, we don’t have only whatsapp but we also have facebook. Today, we have mobile but we also have emails and lots of other things to communicate.
But the important thing here is this- Do we know what to communicate, when to communicate and on which communication platform? And due to this there is demand in the market for new skills, what we call communication skills.
2. Faster communication:-
Communication is so fast and everyone is within reach all the time to communicate. In business, the email ID is the new address after technology provided it. Email ID is mostly used for business communication and the connectivity and uses of internet is mostly through emails. Here you can learn more: Uses of Email in Business Communication
On social media, just share a few of your images and people start communicating on and about your images according to their viewpoint.
Today, if people see you’re online, it means you’re ok. But they will contact and seek you, wondering about your well being if they don’t find you online for few days, then they will message or call. Else it’s enough for many that you’re online meaning you’re fine so they don’t need to communicate. Someone once said that people have 1000 friends on the internet, but still no one is with him to share and enhance emotional communication in real life.
3. Variety of communication content:-
It was not so easy in the past to communicate and transcribe or transcript the communication in other languages. Today, a single behaviour is able to manipulate in thousand other streams. Such as video communication being converted to text, articles being converted to quotes, quotes being converted to jokes, jokes being converted to lessons, lessons being converted to marketing lines etc. Google translator, grammarly are few basic tools that technology has put on our fingertips.
Today, people do not want to stress the brain to think and compare, they just want to read and understand fast. It’s very bad if they are not developing their critical thinking skills. But as I told, we’re in the high speed and that’s why smart classroom, smart class, readymade creativity is there for people to just download and play.
Technology is producing personalized communication and solution. New age writers are targeting the diverse interests of people, they are analyzing the data and it’s becoming more productive and streamlined.
Today, you can say one thing in thousand different methods such as by using images, diagrams, paintings, symbols, charts, videos, email and just from status updates. But still technology is unable to process and transmit the emotional touch in communication yet.
4. Highest speed of learning:-
Technology speed up everything and learning is not a exception to this. Today, we learn and consume information more than food and fruits. The doors of our brains are always open for new information.
Some of us are able to learn and the one who is able to learn and manage that much data and information in the brain will be happy. Else the external commands are changing the mood and people are becoming habitual, stressful and it’s not ok for people to live in this way without changing habits.
So the speed of learning is good if someone is able to maintain accuracy. The speed of communication is ok if others are understanding and digesting your inputs.
5. Bigger audience to influence:-
Nelson Mandela always said -“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” . It’s true, and the world is changing by education. There are many more than 5 angles of education and the line between adverts and education is blurring. Some educate you to buy the products, and by selling these products the companies become bigger and change the world.
It’s because the sellers are educating you online and communicate about the products and services.
More and more people are becoming habitual to the internet day by day. It’s becoming part of their life. There are many uses of internet in our daily life. So the most sharp and clever brains are taking the advantages of this technology to communicate with people. And many times you see they are communicating in order to sell you something.
Personally, I invite teachers and professors to start communicating with the youth, students so that they will be able to build and grow moral principles inside them.
6. Faster impact of communication on people and society:-
Technology impacts our life faster both positively and negatively. Anything can go viral, and I saw that mostly it was negative. People start reacting to the information without find the source.
Without thinking if it is really good for the society and their own family. But if we just think and write the way it should be, not how it benefits the self, it will be helpful for everyone. Then the truth and honesty in communication will impact us much faster through technology than any other methods.
7. Communication is easy:-
Communication is easy but more time consuming. It’s better to call the person and communicate rather than typing, but our overloaded brains are not able to retain all that information unless its written. The problem arises when there are ready made listeners, ready to consume anything you present.
That’s why we just share and talk and we know someone will like or use it. The easiness and convenience is costing money and time but if it’s intentions are positive for productivity then it’s good to use technology.
8. Highest opportunities for learning and earning:-
Everyone is communicating with technologies. Browser is communicating with user. Software are communicating with responses, when you sign in to website, website is communicating and directing you. I am communicating with you right now and I hope you’re learning.
It’s creating many opportunities for teachers and educators as well as for companies to communicate with people and sell the products. Freelancing website, SEO, social media marketing, eCommerce, email marketing everything is possible through technology. If I was not for technology and my ability to communicate with you, how would we have connected and met each other.
All the words, images, designs and all type of content is communicating with us, and that’s why businesses are able to sell their products and services online.
In conclusion, I will say that communication by using technology enables everyone to exchange information and experiences.
If we follow good communication skills we can use many tools and platform for research and development of nature including a synergistic development of humans, our environment and natural sources. Technology has affected communication tremendously, but it is entirely dependent on us how we use it.
If we don’t use it prudently, it can result in many lost opportunities and disappointments. But If we use it wisely, it will open for us doors of many opportunities and benefits.
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Vijay Kumar is Entrepreneur, IT Career/Leadership Skills Trainer and likes to help students, freelancers, and job seekers with his personal and professional experiences and ideas. The goal of writing is to help students to grow IT related Career and Leadership Skills.
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