Here is why smartphones might have killed communication

Here is why smartphones might have killed communication
Smartphones have opened a world of possibilities allowing to get information from the web anytime, but how has that affected our actual human communication? The latest surveys found a disturbing trend - with bigger screens and more various capabilities we prefer to text rather than call, preferring social networks to calls, according to communication specialists from Ligo.

Face to face communication and voice calls are actually less and less popular, especially amongst the young crowd where each teenager receives around 88 text messages per day on average. Those are staggering numbers.

Texting is not just casual fun. It’s become an obsession and just looking at those survey numbers you’d see how many accidents are caused by distracted driving. The main distractor? Our phones. Do you agree that smartphones have kind of become this protection we use to hide ourselves from other people sometimes? Or is the opposite true?


source: Ligo

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8 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

They killed communication by making it easier to communicate?

5. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes. People now rely on phones which removes any form of relationship.

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Learning to face people directly is a learned skill. It's also very uncomfortable, which is why it is very popular... especially amongst nervous and shy teens. So in a sense, it might be killing communication... skills. I've seen a few of my cousins and relatives that are younger and they seem more ill-prepared to deal with people they don't meet on a daily basis. All their spunk and youthfulness seems to return and be expressed fully when they communicate indirectly however, whether by text or anything else.

3. bawboh86

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

I can communicate more easily with people throughout the day, now. Before, I'd go to work and have no idea what was happening at home or elsewhere. Now I can text my girlfriend and find out if our fridge is fixed, or get her information, etc. I can also get communications from family about pictures they want (I do a lot of photography) and send them directly without having to get up. I think it's making communications easier, just not direct contact skills.

6. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Which is what the article is all about. Overreliance on phones has made people live in their own world without actually having physical connection with friends, family and colleagues.

4. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

" I've seen a few of my cousins and relatives that are younger and they seem more ill-prepared to deal with people they don't meet on a daily basis." I've noticed the same thing. It's all fine, until they have to go into the real world and sit across from someone they've never met before for a job interview, as unprepared as ever to deal with, and relate to other human beings face to face.

7. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

if it wasnt for skype and whatsapp I wouldnt be able to convince women to come to my country for a tropical tryst in the caribbean. whatsapp adding voiice notes has really taken flirting to a whole other levelN I say technology has improved communications... at least for me at least i can get some gratification froma possible mate that is miles away

8. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

The concept of cell phones killing the ability for people to properly communicate came to my mind when the first T-Mobile Sidekick came out. My roommate and I had converted our garage into a studio for our bands to practice in, and we also rented it out to another band to make some extra money. They were friends of ours so they'd hang out during breaks or after they were done. They would all sit around in a circle texting, not saying a word to each other. Every so often one of them would look up from his phone laughing and yell something obscene to another about the text he just received, then go back to texting silently.

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