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The positive and negative impacts of technology on communication

lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
It is true that new technologies have had an influence on communication between people. Technology has had an impact on relationships in various ways, and in my opinion there are both positive and negative affects.

Technology has had an impact on business, education and social life. Firstly, telephone and the internet allow business people in different countries to interact without ever meeting each other. Scecondly, services like Skype create new probobilities for relationships between students and teachers. For example, a student can now take vedio lessons with a teacher in a different city or country. Finally, many people use social networks, like Facebook, to make friends and find people who share the same common interests, and they interact through their computers rather than face to face.

On the other hand, these developments can be extremely positive. Cooperation between people in different countries was much more difficult when communication was limited to written letters or telegrams. Nowadays, interactions by email, phone, or vedio are almost as good as face to face meetings, and many of us benefit from those interactions, either in working or social life. On the other hand, the valability of the new communication technologies can also have the result of isolating people and discouraging people in real interactions. For example, many young people make friends online ranther than mixing with the peers in real world, and these "virtual" relationships are a poor subsitute for real friendships.

In conclusion, the technology has certainly revolutionised communication between people, but not all of the outcomes of this revolution have been positive.


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I find technology in communication is useful. I am able to send work I'm doing half way around the world in milli-seconds. The postal system to and from Nepal is so slow that things take two to four weeks.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge I think the quickest internet you need :p
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    I am vaguely looking around at the fibre deals but as I'm away half the time, I am not sure it is worth the expense @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge You mean the fire seal? I am confused with your message, Mherge.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    My building has just recently had a fibre cable installed so I can opt, if I want, to pay a but more for faster internet via this cable @lisa. But as I am away at least half the year and pay a monthly subscription for the internet service, I am not sure that I can be bothered to pay more.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge I think I have the same feelings with you when I have my holiday in China, most of time I have to give up some objects when I find I have to go back to Algeria. May of 2016, I wanted to buy a department in my hometown, at that time the price was much lower than now, but i gave up my thought at the last moment because we spend only one month in China every year, I thought it was unnecessarily to buy a new department. After just five months, the property prices suddendly increased, at least 4000RMB per square meter more than before, which meaned that we had to pay 400 000.00RMB for the same department, which made me on the verge of madness.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    apartment = flat, somewhere to live
    department = sector or specialised area like Science Department in a college or HR Department in a company

    @lisa property prices are crazy everywhere but usually it is a good investment.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge Are they crazy in UK and France, too? In China, they are crazy and much crazier step by step, as residents we are always told property prices will be lower, but lower property prices are never seen, only much crazier ones are always on the way.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Totally crazy especially in the UK and even worse in London @lisa. I expect that in Paris it is bad, but property doesn't seem to sell as fast in France as in the UK. Nowadays no one can afford to buy anything in London, at least not as a first time buyer. I don't think it is possible to buy even the smallest studio in London for less than £200,000.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge It is the same in Beijing, the capital of China. Maybe the price is more than 60 000RMB per square meters now, I do not know exactly, at the same time, the rent is much higher, too. Most of the time, if someone told me he/she owned an apartment in Beijing, he/she was a millionare in my mind. That person can talk proudly with anyone, except the citizens in Shanghai, because the property prices of Shanghai maybe are much higher than Beijing. Every Monday and Friday, there are congestions except the holiday dates. It is very hard for people living in big cities, I think, and in my opinion they are doing a kind of penance.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Certainly this is how it is in London @lisa. I'm visiting friends tomorrow who live outside London and I know it's going to be a painful journey to get there.
  • MaoMao Posts: 17 ✭✭
    I agree these new technologies have brought positive impacts on us. It has not only optimized a way of communication especially ones between nations, but also changed our way of interaction with others. Last week, 11 year old girl commited suicide at home and left some message about her death on her phone. Teachers from her school comfirmed she had been bullied since the 5th grade. Nowadays, kids have to be connected with friends even after school. I think she had been against the wall even when she was at home with family.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @Mao But I think her parents should be much responsible for her suicide, maybe they were busy with their jobs or housework, but they should look after their daughter carefully, as a mother, I can get any nuances happened on my daughter, not only her body but also her mood.
  • MaoMao Posts: 17 ✭✭
    I totally agree with you. Parents are responsible for whatever happened to her. In fact, the way of bullying nowadays has changed from the past so called “cyber bullying”, which didn’t exit in parents’ generation. Some parents might not know how to handle this kind of bullying even if they knew their child is in danger.
  • lisalisa Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭
    @mao Yes, as parents we do not only have the remits to provide accommodation and economic supports for our children, but also we have duties to observe any nuances on their mood, sometimes support from parents far outweighs any consolations of others.
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