How technology has impacted communication? How has technology influenced the way I communicate?
Published on Thursday 12th May 2016
Figure One: Technology communication, Source: Google Images
Ley et al., (2014) argues that technology has advanced rapidly over the past decade. Baxter et al., (2012) suggests that with the increased use of technology has presented innovated methods for people to communicate and interact with each other more sufficiently.
Strong emphasis has been placed on individuals utilising technology as a method of easy and fast communication (CQUniversity, 2016). It could be argued that communication skills have become utilised less with the increased use of technology (CQUniversity, 2016). A lack of vocabulary has emerged with an increased utilisation of technology (CQUniversity, 2016).
Communication is at the core of organisation efficiency (CQUniversity, 2016). It can be suggested that technology has had a significant impact on the way that individuals communicate in the workplace (Cenere et al., 2015, p. 277). Baxter et al., (2012) submits that technology is constantly changing how the world communicates therefore, influencing the way that individuals interact and communicate with each other.
Those organisation’s the utilise email and social media networks have helped develop efficiency and productivity to the workplace as they become faster, more direct, cost effective, and encourage greater collaboration between all levels of staff (Nejjai, 2012).
As technology has allowed for alternative methods of communication, it has also impacted on the way that individuals interact face-to-face in social situations (Nejjai, 2012). New advanced technologies have emerged making the process of communicating with each other more sophisticated and convenient for individuals (Baxter et al., 2012).
Technology has also significantly influenced the way that I communicate and interact with friends, family, work colleagues, and university lecturers. Instead of relying on letters, telephone, and face-to-face interactions to communicate with people, I now utilise social media networks and email to communicate as it is a fast, cost effective, and convenient method that enables me to instantly interact with someone.
The way that the world has advanced, everything is now available online (Nejjai, 2012). Technology will continue to develop into the future, presenting individuals with initiative ways of communicating and interacting with people (Baxter et al., 2012).
This Tedx talk (below) clearly explains how technology has advanced over the years. This video also argues that the utilisation of technology has affected the way that individuals now communicate and interact with each other.
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CQUniversity Australia. (2016). COMM11003 – Communication in Professional Contexts: Study Guide. Rockhampton, Qld. https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=3697
Hess, J. (Director). (2015). The Ultimate Communication Device https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DlyD-hWMes
Ley, B, Ogonowski, C, Hess, J, Reichling, T, Wan, L, & Wulf, V 2014, ‘Impacts of new technologies on media usage and social behaviour in domestic environments’, Behaviour & Information Technology, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 815-828. [6 April 2016].
Nejjai, M. (2012, November 6). The changing face of tech in business: how it’s affecting the way we communicate & do business. Retrieved from http://blogamadeus.com/06/11/the-changing-face-of-technology-in-business-how-technology-has-affected-the-way-we-communicate-and-do-business/
P. Cenere, R. Gill, C. Lawson, M. Lewis, (2015), Communication Skills for Business Professionals. Australia: Cambridge University Press.
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