The first major development in communication technology was the invention of the electric telegraph. Nowadays, the era of the Internet and smartphones is incomparable to the state of communication channels a hundred years ago. Modern life can not be described without mentioning smartphones, the Internet, or social media. The changes of the last two decades have made communication easily accessible and convenient; however, they negatively impact our society.
Comparing today’s communication channels to the ones of the early 2000s reveals the bizarre speed and diversity of technological advancement. An essential household item, the telephone, was replaced by a smaller and more mobile version of it, which became an attribute of everyone’s everyday life (Rogers, 2019). In mere two decades, the Internet expanded to an unimaginable size, accommodating any possible piece of information, idea, and thought that anyone has ever had (Rogers, 2019). Social media incorporates an enormous variety of communities accessible from any place. With the devices’ convenience and the spread of the available Internet connection and Wi-Fi, communication does not require face-to-face interactions. The lack of human presence in most dialogue fosters derealisation and brutalization. The ability to stay anonymous in most Internet discussions encourages immoral behavior and harmful thinking patterns. Despite their apparent conveniences, the new communicational channels promote unethical behaviors and dehumanization of an interlocutor.
Technological advances have been taken to a new level in the last two decades. Smartphones, the Internet, and social media make communicating accessible almost anywhere. With these changes, people do not need to be face-to-face to converse. It is also possible to stay anonymous throughout the discussion. The modern ways of communication are fast and convenient; however, they dehumanize the conversationalists, fostering immoral and unethical behaviors.
Rogers, S. (2019). The role of technology in the evolution of communication. Forbes. Web.