It is evident that mobile technology plays a huge role in our daily lives. From cell phones to cars and beyond, technology is what makes society what it is. But without thinking about it, do you even realize how reliant you are on it?
The other day I was at a formal event for my University. Between the short conversations with students and professors, I was talking to an individual about this certificate program. He too was very interested in it and wanted to learn more. As he started asking more questions, I found myself not being able to accurately convey the necessary information to him the way I wanted to. That is when I said, “One second, I’ll Google that.”
For a second I paused. “Did I just say that,” I said to myself. This was one of the first times I have ever caught myself not being able to explain something to the best of my ability. Being a communications student, this was shocking to me. I was dependent on searching Google to find the Algonquin certificate program to explain the courses.
I must admit, it seems perfectly reasonable to pull out your phone part way through a conversation to show the other person a photo or video. In contrast, I had to rely on technology to further explain a program I am taking and why I think it is beneficial to his future as well. Something there just is not right.
People, just like myself, are slowly losing the ability to properly link their thoughts and opinions to others during conversations. The purpose of this post is not to suggest you eliminate technology from your everyday lives because that is impossible. The point I am trying to make here is that individuals should look back on their actions that use technology.
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Are there ways to overcome this reliance on technology moving forward in future conversations? The answer is yes. By being aware of these tendencies, individuals can work on leaving technology out of person-to-person interactions, just like I will try to do moving forward!
What are your thoughts? Technology entering conversations, hinder, or strengthen the value of the interaction?
Need more information before picking a side? Check out this awesome communication study by Emily Drago.
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