It is unquestionable that the way society communicates on a daily basis has changed dramatically within the last year, let alone 10 years or more. However, what has been debated frequently and questioned by all generations is whether the change has positively or negatively impacted the social dynamic of the world we live in today. My point of view is clearly biased as I type this while it saves to my computer, iPhone and every other imaginable device I have, yet I believe the way I communicate through technology is quite preferred to the way those communicated when my parents were this age.
On any given day at any given time I am able to reach out to those I desire to speak to, despite their locational distance from myself. I am a Colorado kid attending UNL for many reasons, yet I am unsure I would of chose to go out of state if I was unable to text, call, FaceTime, or Email my family and friends from back home whenever I want. The beauty of being able to do this doesn’t hinder the brilliance of being able to talk to somebody next to me on a subway or bus, but rather expands my communicative circle to decide the priority of conversation which benefits me at a given point in time. As a student seeking a major in business I greatly understand the value of meeting strangers that I can potentially add to my network and help me in the future. Although this most definitely can be achieved without the use of technology, it isn’t nearly as efficient. As time advances so do the means for communication within the social and business aspects of society. The efficiency to reach out to people through phones and computers is seen in every aspect of communication between people. I recently experienced this while seeking to play collegiate soccer and have coaches contact me through phone calls and text messages rather than letters. Although I didn’t end up playing in college, the ability to advertise myself to coaches and schools would have been nearly impossible in todays world without the means of technology. This singular example is just one of many ways that the advancements of communication have created a better and more efficient way to reach out to whomever wanted.
Technology is clearly helping society in more ways than hurting it and I believe the reasons for those who oppose it have yet to experience the full potential it offers. There are negative aspects to any major change in society, but the positives so greatly triumph in this particular change that the communication movement to add technology as a key component is happening and it’s better to embrace it than argue it. The exquisiteness of approaching somebody in person to start a conversation hasn’t disappeared at all, but rather is seen less often because it isn’t any longer the only form of meeting somebody. This can’t be perceived as a bad thing, because the variety for communication has grown greatly with the addition of social media which gives those the chance to not only interact with more people, but in ways unavailable to previous generations. Freedom to communicate through social media on phones, tablets and computers is a responsibility and with this comes the unfortunate reality that some will take advantage of it and overuse it. This is where many who oppose the extensive use of social media are correct, when particularly teenagers can’t hold a conversation with somebody in person because they are used to being able to think about what they want to say or respond with before they type it in an internet based conversation.
Overall, of course social media through technology and in-person interactions need to be balanced, but to eliminate one completely is absolutely absurd and therefore to say that the introduction to social media talk has impacted the world negatively is a completely false statement. Being able to talk with those internationally has created a beautiful way of sharing thoughts, experiences and stories to those wherever they may be and therefore I am grateful to live at a time that embraces the importance of communication diversity.