Impact of Technology on Human Relations

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How do you imagine social interaction within 10 years, taking into consideration the impact of technology on human relations? There has recently been a great deal of angst about the death of normal human interactions, thanks to the ubiquity of technology such as the Internet and cellphones. I have often heard members of a generation or two older than myself complain about the inability of younger workers to hold a conversation without checking their phone, Facebook page, or email. This constant level of distraction means that workers are never fully 'present' in the conversation they are having in the moment, or upon the task at hand. Life may move faster, and people may feel they are able to accomplish more, but there is less attention to detail and less of a focus on the long-term today than in ages past. These changes in the way we communicate have clearly affected business relations already, and will continue to do so over the course of the next decade. Customers expect instantaneous feedback and service. Shareholders expect evidence of profitability within a few months of a new, corporate initiative, not just a few years. Companies are often unwilling to mentor and train new workers, and instead look for (often nonexistent) employees who have skill sets perfectly matched to open jobs. I have also heard managers complain about the greater degree of informality embraced by the current generation. Professional business correspondence is littered with typographical
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