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Martin 1Olivia MartinD. SullivanEnglish 1A21 November 2018Communication: The Ultimate Human ConnectionScene: This is a Ted Talk given by an older woman in her mid-60’s. She is an activist against cell phone use, who has thoroughly researched the effects of cell phone addiction in today’s society and the communication skills our society lacks. Hi everyone, my name is Kathy Johnson, and I am a communication activist. Today I’m going to be talking to you about the problems with communication in today’s society and what we can do to fix these issues. Imagine talking to someone and having their undivided attention, no distractions, and them effectively communicating back to you. They listen to you rant, give you advice, and then they rant and you listen and give them advice as well. Life would be so much simpler. It would make it so much easier to open up to people; Think of how good it would feel to have someone just listen every once in a while. Today’s society lacks communication skills and we need to work together to improve them, even if that means giving up things we love or breaking bad habits. We need to do this by putting down the electronics, and practicing good communication skills with the people around us. The history of technology and communication is quite simple; back in the day there was no technology so people were forced to communicate, now there is technology and people are lacking major communication skills. I have watched technology advance over the years and real communication get progressively worse over the years. Up until the late 1700s, people
Martin 2communicated through writing letters and if they wanted their letter delivered, it would be delivered by a horse. The efforts of writing a letter are much more complicated than any other form of communication present throughout the years. Because writing letters was very time consuming and took a lot of effort, letters were mostly written between soldiers and their families, leaving other people to have to actually physically communicate with others. In 1792 came the telegraph, which made it easier for people to avoid communication, “a way of transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, usually creating signals by marking and breaking an electrical connection” (Jimenez). Then in the 1800s was when the cell phone and radio were invented, and when effective communication died.Effective listening and communication is something that is so rare nowadays, especially in today’s society where everyone is glued to their electronics. It’s like pulling teeth to get anyone in this day and age to just set their cell phones down for five seconds to have a face-to-face conversation. Cell phones, I feel like, have also made people even more anxious about talking to people in person. Stanford Psychology Professor, Philip Zimbardo, noted that “since [he] began the Stanford Shyness Survey in the 1970s, the number of people who said they were shy has risen from 40 percent to 60 percent” and he blamed this on “technology like email, cellphones, and even ATM’s [that] loosened the ‘social glue’ of casual contact” (Moran).

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