Some people believe that our ever-increasing use of technology significantly reduces our opportunities for human interaction. Other people believe that technology provides us with new and better ways to communicate and connect with one another.
Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented.
The advancement of technology has undoubtedly increased the convenience of people's lives. The emergence of various technologies has also improved the efficiency of people's communication. But we should be careful that the quality of people's communication is somewhat damaged by the communication produced by the new technologies.
It is self-evident that new technologies bring a great deal of new ways of communication and have a lot of benefits. First and foremost, the advent of new social technologies has improved communication efficiency between people and provided huge time flexibility. For example, people used to communicate by mail, and it could take days or even months to send a letter and then receive it. But the advent of the telephone has made it possible for people to communicate with each other instantly. Internet social technologies, such as email and chat software, allow for instant communication and also give people enough time flexibility to choose the right time to respond. Second, the upgrade of technology also makes it easier for people to break the distance limit of communication. Improvements in transportation technology allow people to communicate face-to-face across longer distances in less time. The emergence of social networking software and websites allows people who would not have had the opportunity to meet to know one another online. And web conferencing software such as Zoom allows teachers and students to save a lot of commuting time and complete courses at their respective homes.
That said, advances in technology, while seemingly increasing the efficiency of people's communication, have actually led to a decrease in the amount of time people have to communicate. This is because a plethora of engaging new technologies are taking up much of the time that could be spent communicating. For example, the rise of video platforms, such as YouTube and TikTok, can create a scenario where families are supposed to spend time at the dinner table exchanging insights about their day, only to end up staring at their phone screens. In addition, even if we think that technology does not reduce people's communication time, the quality of in-depth communication is indeed reduced. In the past, when communication technology was not developed, most of the communication between people was done face to face. In today's technologically advanced world, people do communicate in a variety of ways, but it is difficult to replace face-to-face in terms of quality and depth of communication. Although Internet communication does not affect people's ability to hear each other's voices and tones, and see each other's faces and expressions, direct face-to-face communication is a more in-depth and trusting way of communication. This explains why today, with such advanced communication, politicians and businessmen still need to meet and communicate in order to reach agreements on certain important matters. In addition to the decrease in quality communication, technological advances have also brought about an explosion of low-quality information. The excessive fluidity and cheapness of communication has led to an eruption of poor, false information, making it impossible to sift through valuable information, especially on the Internet where people can hide their true identities and thus avoid regulation and punishment.
To sum up, while we enjoy the convenience brought by new technology, we should not abandon the high quality and depth of traditional communication methods because of excessive reliance on new technology.