How Modern Technology has Changed Etiquette

Social media and smartphone pervasiveness have forever changed the way people interact with one another. There are pros and cons linked with this interference in communication, including access to information at any time, faster communication, stunted relationships and possible injuries. Take into consideration the following concerns the next time you decide to engage in digital communication.

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Pro 1: Information at Any Time

PWith the dawn of social media and smartphones, you now have the power to get information almost anytime no matter where you are, as long as you have an Internet or data connection. Whether you need to pull up hard facts to prove a point or simply get a second opinion on a product, social media and smartphones have forever changed how and when we get the information we need. For some Americans, it has even become acceptable to check your phone while having a casual conversation with a friend or colleague. With the ability to get information anytime and anywhere, smartphones have quickly merged into human existence.

Pro 2: Faster Communication

Smartphones and social media have provided information faster than in years past for information such as news. With this rapid access to information, some even view asking for standard directions as unnecessary or improper digital etiquette when you can just look it up on Google. This need for instant information has changed etiquette and what we find acceptable in polite discourse. With this sort of speed at your fingertips, you can easily satisfy your need for immediate answers while on-the-go.

Con 1: Faux, Removed Relationships

Having a large group of followers on Facebook may be great for networking, but it also may send a false sense of connection. Pulling out a selfie stick to capture the perfect shot from afar during a pool party with friends or thumbing through your Instagram account during dinner can diminish actual human interaction. You cut down on eye contact, leaving you removed and the other person feeling unimportant.

Con 2: Potential for Injury

Talking on a cell phone while surfing the Internet is now common. A Pew Institute survey indicates that Americans find it acceptable to walk and talk on their phones or wait in line and text. Even China has cell phone walking lanes. However, accidents associated with smartphone use are on the rise. Alarmingly, more accidents are attributable to when a person is walking and texting, than when a person is driving and texting. As of 2016, the number of distracted walking injuries has tripled since 2010. Even with states implementing laws against texting, you have to wonder if it is worth the risk..

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