Where Did the Words Go?

It is safe to say that we currently live in a society that is entirely dependent on technology when it comes to communication. So often we rely on mobile devices and computers to text, email and call persons regarding work, school, even details of our personal lives, and it is arguably difficult for some individuals to recall communication prior to the invasion of digital conversation.

Digital communication certainly has its advantages. It is efficient, simple, widespread and quick, and I would argue that without cellphones and computers in contemporary society, the overall state of living would be much less advanced than what it is today. It also, however, proposes different disadvantages, and I feel as though it is important to explore these disadvantages in order to better understand the impact of digital communication on basic social skills.

Communicating digitally has absolutely damaged the quality of social skills between individuals today. Numerous reports and studies have been conducted to measure this impact, and we consistently hear about how cellphones are dominating face-to-face conversations between people. Persons are beginning to lose their ability to have a physical conversation with another human being, and I find this quote alarming.

Computers have also hindered basic, everyday language in the sense that they do anything and everything for their operator. Students no longer need to know how to spell words or abide proper grammar when composing an essay because word programs do these functions automatically. Cell phones do this as well, and with both comes the use of slang and abbreviations of basic language.

This begs the question: where did the words go?

As an English student, I am passionate about the damage being done to language because of technology. I am unsure of how greatly this damage will progress in the near future, but I strongly doubt the situation will improve.

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