The Digital Monster The known Roman philosopher, Seneca, said, “To be everywhere is to be nowhere” (Carr par. 7). Technology has people convinced that they are always connected with the outside world. In reality communication has weakened everyday face to face interactions. People are having more difficulty concentrating and get easily distracted. The English language is dismantling because of new text vocabulary. The neural connection, the connection between neurons which send information using a neurotransmitter, is weakening (Cognitive, rhythms and memories par. ). It is obvious that people interact less with the outside world and would rather stay in their rooms than communicate with others. Due to technology, there is a rise in unsuccessful face to face techniques and isolation. The first evidence of decreasing face to face interaction is the difficulty of concentration. As Carr a B. A from Dartmouth states, after constantly being distracted, our brains cannot forge the strong neural connection that gives us distinctiveness and depth to our thinking (Carr par. 7).
It is said by experts that a “teenager’s common practice of combining those types of media at the same time- listening to music, itching television and interacting with friends on Namespace, all the while trying to read a book for school- can have negative effects on their still-developing brains” (Social Networking Web Sites 5). Not only is technology effecting the teens but also effects the development of adults. Carr declares about himself, ” … L realized that I was losing my own capacity for concentration and contemplation.
Even when I was away from my computer my mind seemed to be hungry for constant stimulation, for quick hits of information. I felt personally distracted” (Carr par 3). Among the dents, Greenfield (UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center) was a classroom study which showed that when students were allowed to use the internet during class they did not process what the speaker said as well as the student who did not have internet access (Is technology producing… Par 11).
Multitasking lose concentration easily and do not retain information. Cliff NAS, director of Stanford University’s Communication between Humans and Interactive Media Lab, proved Multitasking wrong when he “split his subjects into two groups- hose who regularly do a lot of media multitasking, and those who do not. When they took simple tests comparing assortments of shapes, the Multitasking were more easily distracted by random images, and incapable of determining which data was relevant to the task at hand” (Rushmore par. 10). Multitasking are actually the worst at multitasking.
They do not recognize which information to ignore and which information is important enough to retain (par. 9). Furthermore, people are having trouble concentrating; however, they are also having difficulty with the English language. The old proper English language is slowly deteriorating as pupils adapt to the new testing language. Else Thrombi, Editorial Assistant for Travel and Features at The Record, suggests that young adults who are (Thrombi par. 4). Emailing, Instant Messaging and testing encourage shorter and simpler grammar.
It is proven that “If the average American teen sends a staggering 3,000 text messages a month, you can be sure that there will be more than a few letters, commas, and apostrophes missing” (Thrombi par. L). Now that children are concentrated on the computers they are not focused on physical books. When these hillier give up on reading and focus on the digital objects it will affect their vocabulary skills. Most students do not read for pleasure and “have more visual literacy and less print literacy’ (Is Technology Producing… Par. 9).
Reading is vital for the youth because it helps children improve their imagination and critical thinking and vocabulary. As a result to the increase of poor vocabulary, people cannot write professionally. When people stop writing formally they lose their knowledge on formal language. Carr believes “By changing our habits of mind, each new technology strengthens certain neural pathways and weakens others. The alternations shape the way we think even when were not using the technology’ (Carr par. 14). The immaturity of vocabulary will have an effect on students.
The often use of poor grammar and spelling when testing will have a negative impact on their schoolwork (Thrombi par. 2). It has been witnessed that testing scores decreased incredibly. According to a study, “students who had recently sent or received a text message performed incredibly worse on a grammar exam than those who had not” (Thrombi par. 2). The way to protect your intellect on professional language is to physically interact with people Small and Varian 116). Now that it is easier to only text an individual people are not familiar with formal conversations.
Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and a director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Seems Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior who thinks many people could use help in communicating directly, especially in eye contact, listening, and responding during conversations (Small and Varian 116). People have lost the confidence and now prefer not to talk in person to others. In many corporations, “… People readily admit that they would rather leave a vocalic r send an e-mail than talk face-to-face” (Turtle 15). Using technology has created an unemotional world.
The human race is beginning to lose emotion because of technology. A tested apology like “I’m sorry’ is an example of what is lost when we type instead of speaking, explains Kluges, a senior writer at TIME Magazine, and author of several books on science (Kluges par. 7). An apology has more meaning when spoken rather than written. Kluges says that an actual apology means you know you have hurt that person and that you can tell you have hurt them by their physical expression (Kluges par. 7). The problem is that we do not agonize the fact that face-to-face conversations are important.
In fact, “connectivity also disrupts our attachments to things that have always sustained us- for example, the value we put on face-to-face human connection” (Turtle 284). People will never fully understand each other if it is through technology. Even though we always like being connected we still never fully have each other’s attention and will flatten out what we say to each other by talking curt and monotone (Turtle 280). Isolation is one of the most important affects of increased technology. People may considered to be more isolated.
Most people are spending their pastime on social networking websites to talk to other people. Baby Turtle, Baby Rockefeller AmazeГ© Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, states that Americans brag about how many “friends” they have on Backbone but, when asked, they say they have fewer friends than before (Turtle 280). Folks begin to feel connected with everyone all the time, however, deep down they become depressed because they realize they are never with the people they love. It does not matter how much time they spend communicating with others they still feel as if they have not talked for awhile.
Turtle created an interview about a granddaughter and grandma’s interaction and, “During their Keep conversation, Ellen and her grandmother were more connected than they had ever been before, but at the same time, she (Ellen) was alone” (Turtle 14). Whenever people feel alone they will go onto the internet to interact. Instead of going out to socialize, “we look to the network to defend us against loneliness even as we use it to control the intensity of our connections” (Turtle 13). It is visible that more and more people are staying in their rooms more frequently.
The more time spent inside is less time spent with other people. People will go online to become busy but then they spend all day using technology and rarely spend time with companions (Turtle 281). In addition, talking on the phone has decreased exponentially. It is not similar to the past when “it used to be kids running to pick up the phone. Now they Just stay in their room testing or going on Backbone” (Turtle 15). Isolation has become increasingly worse that most people do not even know the people who are closest to them.
A study showed “Those who use social networking re 30% less likely to know their neighbors and 26% less likely to provide them with companionship” (Hate 24). Staying held up in the house will result in hiding. And the thing about hiding is that it keeps people alone. People have become so isolated that they begin to lose their important knowledge of the real outside world (Small and Varian 116). It is apparent that our society is struggling to properly communicate in person. As a result to the increase in technology, there is also an increase in isolation and unsuccessful communication techniques.