Communication In Communication

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Conversation is changing dynamically as society ushers in a new era of communication. Social media has been a revelation in the way society interacts with one another. It is often celebrated for the ability to connect individuals over extensive distances; however, it is quickly creating a disconnect between people communicating face-to-face. There are three prevalent issues plaguing modern society’s interpersonal communication: Social media becomes an addiction, the interaction between reality and the online landscape, and social media teaches society to multitask. Social media has caused attention span to plummet and society has become increasingly enamored with an online world; thus, causing individuals to be detracted from their environment and less sociable in face-to-face communication. Renowned movie critic Roger Ebert had an interesting thought on why he believed social media was addicting. In Ebert’s blog he wrote about the French word frisson and its meaning. A translation into English would show it means; a brief intense reaction. Ebert theorizes that humans search out for it often. Essentially, what Ebert is acknowledging is that he finds himself addicted to this frisson. He feels the need to search out the quick fix that social media provides. This indicates a possible explanation why society tends to be on their phone during lulled situations (Ebert). Individuals do this to search out frisson, and to distract themselves from their own perceived boredom. This
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