Technology: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Communication makes our world go round. It is an animalistic trait that humans have taken to evolve with our ever advancing way of life. In the 21st Century, there are so many options to obtain and initiate information that at times we forget to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of verbal, nonverbal and newly, cyber communication, eventually finding the perfect balance on a personal level. Being an extremely connected person, I took a day where no form of social media or portable communication was used, to find my personal balance. What I learned about my forms of verbal, nonverbal and cyber communication through this research was revolutionary to my everyday way of life.
Although I lived the first thirteen years of my life without the use of social media and portable communication quite happily, the day that I created a MySpace account was revolutionary. Instantly, I became friends with people I never talked to at school, but always wanted to. I was “in”. It provided a chat service where I could have private conversations with my friends that my mom couldn’t hear, I could say whatever I wanted without the reprimand of an adult figure, and people seemed to like what I had to say. It was a hard wall to crash through when I realized that none of these things are true. Although my mom couldn’t hear the conversations that I had with my “friends” through chat, she could see them when I left the computer, and the results on my attitude affected our close knit relationship. Although the MySpace community didn’t care what I typed into my “mood indicator,” my true, close friends did, and my cousins thought my parents would like to know, as well. Indeed, people enjoyed what I had to say on MySpace but when it came to our everyday relationships in classes, I didn’t exist anymore. It took many of these mistakes repeated to increased levels of severity before I began to weigh the pros and cons of social media.
I didn’t quite...