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Writing 140 A3

Writing 140 A3 - 1 James Corcoran Paul Blomeyer WRIT 140...

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James Corcoran Paul Blomeyer WRIT 140; Section 64320 11/5/10 Essay #3 Electronic Intimacy Cannot be Created The debate regarding if technology actually betters society and people’s lives is ongoing. New technology is developed and released to the public everyday. Every year, it gets easier to stay in contact with people whom you meet in your life. Electronic communication has proven to be a valuable tool for maintaining pre-established personal relationships. However, staying up to date on the day-to-day events of people’s lives is quite different than increasing intimacy in relationships or generating intimate relationships. Although electronic communication can be used to maintain pre- established personal relationships, it can never create an intimate relationship from scratch. Rather than creating intimacy, the obligation to keep up connections through electronic means, such as the Internet or texting, produces an addiction to technology that hinders human progress. Since we have the ability to stay constantly connected through cell phones and computers, we are socially required to keep in touch with everybody in our life. If someone’s friend sends him a text message, he must respond back immediately. Otherwise, the friend will think that he either does not want to talk to him or that he is in trouble. One is also required to have a Facebook account and check it regularly. If one does not have a Facebook account, he is not socially “normal”. These social obligations are extreme time consumptions and, furthermore, do not increase intimacy. These devices force us to keep up less intimate relationships with a large 1
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amount of people rather than developing a small, close-knit group of friends. In fact, electronic communication promotes quantity of communication over quality, and superficiality over meaningful communication. “Facebook stalking”, an example of superficiality in technologically driven communication, leads people to feel more connected to the people they stalk by learning about their lives on a purely external level. Since this connectedness is not shared, no relationship is formed between the two people. It is very easy to stalk somebody else’s Facebook information, therefore encouraging superficial interaction. Although our profile information may seem private, there is a large distinction between our Facebook friends and our actual friends. Most people add anybody who they meet as Facebook friends.
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