Internet and Cellphones

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In today's flattening world it is the use of technology that allows us to do business on an international playing field, to communicate to friends or strangers across the globe, or to have ready access to information, entertainment, or even to purchase products with out ever having to leave your home. The Internet and the cell phone are both revolutionary innovations that have contributed to such a connected society where the aforementioned is possible. So many good things have come about by the introduction and spread of them both. This paper, however, will concentrate on the social psychological effects of cell phones and the Internet and will assess both the positive, and the possibly more important negative impact that they have had…show more content…
Texting allows a user to communicate much in the same way that the Internet does and therefore many of the same issues emerge. In a study investigating text messaging done at Plymouth University out of 950 participants around half preferred texting over talking on the phone (433 preferred texting 517 preferred talking on the phone). Of this sample of people the subjects that preferred texting were significantly more lonely and showed higher signs of social anxiety. When asked if they preferred a face to face conversation one fourth of the group that preferred texting said they would rather text while only one sixteenth of the group that preferred talking said they would rather text. (Reid, D; Reid, F, 2004) The issue that can then be debated over these results is the variable that those who are already socially anxious will gravitate toward texting or Internet usage rather than becoming more socially involved. These mediums may act as a safe place for these people to feel accepted in a socially inept world and let their anxiety develop unchecked and become even more of a social problem then it would have if they had been forced into the real world rather than pent up at a computer (Young, K. & Rodgers, R. C., 1998b) or harboring their anxiety through text (Reid, D; Reid, F., 2004). If a depressive person is placed in a situation where they must communicate directly with others much of the nonverbal communication associated with this direct
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