Said in a TedTalk by Sherry Turkle titled Connected Yet Alone “And what I’ve found is that our little devices, those little devices in our pockets, are so psychologically powerful that they don’t only change what we do, they change who we are.” As time goes on we as humans start to develop something that makes our life easier, we start to develop technology. For many in the 21st, we as humans tend to talk trough
text instead of talking to someone in person, and the reason is we are not as comfortable in person than using a small human-made device.
In an article Texting VS. Talking Face To Face — The Surprising VOX Survey Results! By Rebecca Jeltuhin it showed five different scenario where people would talk face to face, text or over a phone call. Depending on the situation students said the different answers, but many students that responded to the question by saying answer being text were more or very close to face to face. She had also mentioned about her school where she said “When walking down the school hallway, I see groups of students on either side in small circles with their cliques. You would expect close friends to be conversing and talking to each other since they got out of bed early that morning to talk before classes start. To my surprise, no one is talking. They are not even staring at each other. Instead, each and everyone of them is staring down at their little rectangular device in their hand that seems to give them much more satisfaction than talking to their friends”. And this can relate to many other schools including to the school I go to.
During lunch, many students are on their device and with others around them. Instead of talking to the person they are beside all what they are doing is looking at a screen less than five inches.
Other then people talking face to face, we have a problem to call a person. In an article released By Chicago Tribune on March 28, 2017, titled Americans prefer texting to talking, they had referenced to the International Smartphone Mobility Report where it said that “U.S. smartphone users are sending and receiving five times as many texts compared with the number of phone calls each day. In total, Americans spend about 26 minutes a day texting. That compares to spending about six minutes a day on voice calls.”
Looking at some other statistics from PewResesarchCenter, over 83% of American Adults own smartphones, and 73% send or receive a text every day. While people under the age of 24 have a different number. People who own cell phones between the ages of 18 and 24 send and receive an average of 110 messages on a normal day which works out to be more than 3,200 texts per month.
Further explained in Ahmed’s blog where he sated an very good reason
“Texting and talking are polar opposites, and there is no competition on which one is better. People say its better to text because you get to edit what you say, but that’s precisely why talking is better in my opinion. It’s how life works, you take chances and make mistakes, its in human nature and its what makes us so unique.”
The problem is exactly what Ahmed had said. We as humans are not perfect but we are still scared to make mistakes and I wonder why. To answer this question I read an article titled Overcoming the Fear of Making Mistakes that talk about overcoming fear. This article had this point which many of us can relate back to, being made fun of. The article said “The messages we receive from others, including friends, employers and the media, also play a role. “The constant pressure to improve performance can have the effect of triggering
fears of underperforming and of making mistakes,” Antony said. He added that constant criticism has a similar impact.”
If you were asked to give up technology for a week, would you be able to. The problem is that, now all what we do has something to do with technology. This is what the 21st Century is and would you be able to leave