Cell Phones and Social Media

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Cell Phones and Social Media: Keeping in Touch with Everyone but Ourselves
John Doe
University/College
04 May 2014 Abstract
Technology developed in the past decade has been life-changing. Cell phones have become the most quickly embraced consumer technology in history. Because of this boom and the monumental popularity of social media; have we lost the ability to communicate without this medium? Smartphones and pocket-sized mobile devices have allowed us to do things that were only dreamed of a few years ago. These new technological marvels combined with the overwhelming wave that is social media are reshaping the way we communicate, and with whom. Smartphones and social media are changing the way we relate to people and lessening
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Booth stated (as cited in Keller, 2013) that there has been a shift in the way we communicate, rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication. We’d rather e-mail than meet, we’d rather text than talk on the phone. Booth also noted (as cited in Keller, 2013) that while we’re communicating more, we may not necessarily be building relationships as strongly. Booth’s research suggested that there are three issues regarding the role social media plays in people’s communication styles. First, our messages are more open as we tend to trust the people on social media. Second, our social connections are not as strong as our face-to-face ones are so those relationships don’t tend to deepen. Lastly, we mostly interact with others that share a similar view so there is less diversity of viewpoints (Keller, 2013). So what makes these relationships not as strong as our face-to-face ones? It could be that we are worried we will miss something that is going on around us, such as the latest event or news in our friend’s lives. Due to the constant distractions of social media our conversations are becoming shallower, less meaningful. Our attentions spans are becoming shorter as we focus more on the social media platforms that mean so much to us (“Mobile Phones,” 2013). What sort of world will we have, if because of social media, we can’t even carry on a conversation
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