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Nwankwo 1 The Effect of Media to Face To Face Communication Face-to-face discussions are the foundation of human communication; once established, it allows one to build trust, clearly articulate one’s ideas and minimize misunderstanding. However, in our society today, face-to-face communication seems to be a dying art replaced by text messaging, e-mails, and social media. Human communication and interactions are shaped by available technologies. People are awash in technology. It's estimated that 93% of Americans now use cell phones or wireless devices. And one-third of those people are using so-called smartphones, which means the users can browse the Web and check e-mail on their phones. In other words, most people spend their days walking around with their noses buried in their cell phones. While they are doing that, they are tuning out the people who are actually in the same room with them. One seem to have long ago crossed the line as to where doing this thing is appropriate. People take calls while they're out to dinner, text or check e-mail while on a date. The effect is that kids don’t know what it's like to share a story or actually look someone in the eyes. People today have no idea of how to interact and actually read someone's face, which cannot be achieved by Facebook. This days, people think nothing of ripping someone in an email or blogging with little or no idea of the consequences. People say things over the internet that would get them punched out in person. On this note, I agree with Sherry Turkel that technology has changed the way we are and our ability to communicate face to face with others in three major ways such as through text, e-mail and Social media (Facebook). I feel that texting has truly deteriorated the basic face to face talking skills of teenagers and adults. It's not just for friends, but for family members, neighbors and other people as well. I Face to face communication is eroded by the prevalence of texting, not only in the sense that the way people speak is becoming abbreviated but the focus Nwankwo 2 associated with talking is becoming distracted and scarce. Most people are not only speaking in
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