Is Technology Always Beneficial?

1561 Words Nov 26th, 2010 7 Pages
Liisa Steinwedel
6094157
Professor Langston
ENG 1100 PP
4 November, 2010

Is Technology Always Beneficial? Thinking back to my grade ten English class, I cannot help but remember the time my teacher read my friend’s essay aloud. The whole essay sounded great, it had a strong argument and used exemplary grammar, until I heard the word ‘LOL’. The entire room burst out laughing, knowing perfectly well that using informal slang in a formal essay is inappropriate. What does this improper use of slang show us? The younger generation of today is known as the New Boomers (Carlson, 2008) beginning with people born in the early 1980’s and ending with people born in the early 2000’s. These New Boomers rely heavily on texting, social networking,
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There are also places that may be deemed inappropriate for certain topics – a church is an inappropriate place to talk about being drunk the night before, just the same as a party is an inappropriate place to talk about what the doctor said in an appointment today. When one is not frequently communicating interpersonally, it becomes harder for a New Boomer to learn these common rules of interaction and communication – or social skills. The New Boomer generation also has a lack of confidence when talking interpersonally. This is mostly because society is now text based; meaning that texting, emailing, and instant messaging have all become more dominant forms of communication as opposed to face-to-face. Fear of public speaking and presentations is an example of a lack of confidence in the new boomer generation, in fact, “humans fear speaking in public more than they do death” (Scott, 1999). If today’s younger generation were to have more practice at verbal communication and less practice at texting and emailing, then activities such as presentations would become less intimidating for them. Another example of lack of confidence in interpersonal communication is some words in the New Boomer vocabulary. Words and sounds such as ‘like,’ ‘um,’ and ‘err’ are recent to the English vocabulary and show indecisiveness and