So much of what we discuss in class is about technology and how it’s affecting the journalism field. This class has taught me to really think about my own life and how much of a significant role technology has played. All of the Youtube clips and TEDx talks that we have watched in class have really made me aware of how technology and social media negatively impacting our society and the way we communicate.
As a journalist I really value talking with people face to face and the addiction to smartphones that has become a prominent trend in today’s society has made human interaction almost a thing of the past. In one of the TEDx talks we heard about the idea of being together while being alone and how technology allows us to never really feel lonely. Although smartphones have many benefits such as keeping in touch with friends we cannot physically see because of distance or keeping updated on our friends lives so that time apart will no longer be the reason for friendships ending, smartphones also have harmed some of our relationships as well. We are so focused on keeping in constant communication with people we are not with that we often forget to maintain relationships with the ones we are with.
I have seen first hand in my life how easily people can mentally disconnect from a conversation even though they are physically there. I think that it is important we remember how to be in the moment without our smartphones or iPads or laptops even if for only a few hours a day so that we don’t forget how to interact with each other in a world where new technology often consumes us.