Relationship and Technology
Technology influences many sectors in society. New trends in the community arise due to innovations. The Communication sector has also been affected by the growth in technology. New means of conveying messages have been developed, such as social media. The change in communication technology has affected many sectors, including; academics, various professions, social interactions, and people’s personal life.
Communication technology has had a significant impact on the education sector. In my day-to-day learning, I find myself using communication technology. Learning institutions have in the recent past embraced communication technology as their strategy of educating their students. The technology has enabled virtual learning through video conferencing and accessing learning materials from online sources (Ratheeswari, 2018). The main rule followed while using communication technology in education is acknowledging the origin of the online learning materials to adhere to the set copyrights. Decency and attentiveness are other rules followed while applying the technology in the sector.
Communication technology is distracting the education sector. It has led to the over-dependence of the learners on the online sources of information, thus neglecting physical libraries. Through online publications, the technology has encouraged the spread of false or unverified information, which misleads learners (Alhumaid, 2019). The many benefits of technology in the education sector make me prefer technology over old media for conveying academic content.
Within my work environment, I use communication technology daily as a means of operation. The technology is often used in work settings, including; holding work meetings through video conferencing and conveying important work notices through an online memo.
In professional communication technology, there is a rule of official communication. Every communication passed should be official. There is a desire for good communication for the proper working of the organization (McLean, 2018). Communication technology has caused various distractions in the professional sector. The distractions range from encouraging laziness among workers caused by over-relying on online communication, thus no need for physical appearance. Though the technology causes some distractions, I would prefer using this technology as a means of communication in the workstation.
I use communication technology daily while interacting with friends on social networking platforms. The main rule of practice while applying communication technology in the social sector is respecting other people’s privacy. The social networking channels created through this technology have encouraged social cohesion, among other benefits, but it has caused significant societal distractions. Some members of society suffer from cyberbullying from these social networking platforms, which causes low self-esteem in the victim (Akram et al., 2017). As a means of social interaction, I would not prefer communication technology in the civil setting due to its negative impact on society.
I use communication technology in my private life daily to express my thoughts and feelings to others. Through online messaging platforms, we can convey our messages to others. The main rule in this sector is adherence to the set standards of communication by avoiding spread of hate or abusive languages and respect to the reciepient party during communication. Technology has dramatically distracted my private life. The technology distracts individuals’ privacy by allowing others to access personal data from their social networking platforms (Akram et al.,2017). Compared to the old media to convey messages, I prefer technology due to its efficiency and speed in relaying messages
The readings this week have greatly impacted my view on the communication technology application. Though technology causes many distractions in various social, professional and private sectors, I learnt that it has many positive implications in day-to-day life. I have resolved to use the technology as a form of a social and professional assistant tool rather than using it as a means of passing the time.
Ratheeswari, K. (2018). Information communication technology in education. Journal of Applied and Advanced research.
McLean Scott, (2018). Exploring Interpersonal Communication (2nd ed.) Boston, MA: Flatworld.
Alhumaid, K. (2019). Four ways technology has negatively changed education. Journal of Educational and Social Research.
Akram, W., & Kumar, R. (2017). A study on positive and negative effects of social media on society. International Journal of Computer Sciences and Engineering, 5(10), 351-354.