The Impact Of New Technology On Socialization

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Today, our world is immersed in new technology. Nearly every house has at least one computer, television, and tablet. Cell phone have, also, became a giant part of people’s lives. This access to new technology has a great impact on the socialization process. How does this emergence and access of new technology impact the socialization process? For one thing no one can escape the impact of new technology. According to Wartella and Jennings, “Research has shown that media—along with family, peers, and school—can be a major agent of socialization and learning (35-36).” New technology is the emerging technologies of an era that have a significant impact on social life (Henslin 58). New technology consists of computers, satellites, the internet, and the microchip (58). In extension this also includes things like e-mail, blogs, video games, e-cash, and podcasts. According to Henslin, “Socialization is the process by which people learn the characteristics of their group—the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, norms, and actions thought appropriate for them (69).” A great example of socialization is the social class groups. The different groups have polar opposite attitudes, norms, and values. The upper class might value sports cars, and designer clothes while the middle class values ordinary, affordable cars, and clothes from a less expensive clothing store. New technology and its impact on the socialization process is present in people’s everyday lives, in fact it’s present in many parts of their lives. One important, and major, part that is impacted is education. Thanks to new technology students are able to enroll in classes online that offer a large, variety of classes they wouldn’t normally have access to. For example, past generations just took classes that were offered at their school, but today’s generations have the opportunity to take online classes, such as dual credit. According to Henslin, “Distance learning, courses taught to students who are not physically present with their instructor, will integrate students around the world (662).” This means that people are communicating with other students from around the world, allowing them to learn more about other cultures. Courses that
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