By Devon Hiphner
Various technologies in contemporary society are expanding and developing everyday, recently the most notable of these technologies is the wireless phenomenon. Going through any given day you may see hundreds of people everywhere on their cell phones texting, accessing the internet, emailing via their smart phones or computers through a wireless internet connection. Although many find this technology to be the best thing that has ever happened in technology, it has also raised many questions and concerns about social development. Many researchers believe and I would agree, that these technological abilities cause problems and deficiencies within a person’s life. For example people are becoming socially inept, disruptive, and unconnected to the environment around them.
One of the most popular features about cell phones and smart phones include the texting option that works like instant messaging on computers. Many cell phones even include a full keyboard with grammatical punctuations. While other cell phones do not have this feature, the person may rely on a newly developed SMS language to make IM (instant messaging) easier. This form of language can be detrimental to a young person’s language skills development as it impairs reading and comprehension capabilities without the use of proper grammar and punctuation. In addition the abbreviation text language hinders young people, i.e. the joining of consonants and removing vowels. Using these abbreviations may cause young people’s English language and writing skills to fall below average as they become accustom to spelling words inaccurately with the consonant sounds. One of the consequences will be young people will be held back in school and fail to meet other education institutional standards.
Another result of using wireless forms of communications such as cell phones, Blackberries, texting, and wireless internet connection is the constant computer use in class which can become very distractive and disruptive. If a class lecture is boring or unappealing to a student, they will most certainly begin ‘facebooking’ or texting a friend who may be elsewhere or may be attending the same class. This can be a problem as those taking part in the texting are no longer present to the class and its learning’s, plus, disrupts other within the proximity of those texting as they ‘look on’. In addition the students participating in the texting or ‘facebooking’ may miss important material to their own academic detriment, missing important information examinable on an upcoming test. A common request made by many teachers is that students put their cell phones on silent or vibrate to decrease the chances of an alarm, ring tone, or musical interlude disturbing the entire class, but of course this request seems to always slips someone’s attention and inevitable incoming call disrupts the focus and concentration on the teacher and subject matter is broken for everyone.
These few simple examples illustrate to me that wireless and internet communications may have advanced to far into our social settings becoming a nuisance rather than a blessing to our daily lives. Perhaps in the following years when people have been interrupt so much in their daily lives and social circumstance people will see that these technologies should be cut back or guided by new social norms which will prevent the interruptions on our lives, but still offer us easy communications when appropriate.