Blog Post 6

In Caitlin Dewey’s article she talks about how she met someone at an Internet conference who she later on connected with through the Internet.  She eventually started Skyping with him as she says, “Skype eliminates distance; that’s why it works.”  While using Skype she says that “she felt that Will was sitting a foot away on my bed” and also states, “I thought he looked and sounded exactly as he had in person.” She talks about how her relationship develops and they start to gain feelings for each other even though it’s as she says, “from the safety of my apartment.”  When she finally meets him she says he looks the same as she expected but their connection IRL or in real life was much different than it was over the computer.  The distance and screens changed the nature of their relationship and how they reacted and communicated with each other.  She expresses disappointment with the interaction and points out she we more comfortable with the Internet connection.  Her point is that relationships are different across screens and even though you can capture a lot about communicating it isn’t the same as face to face.  I agree that while the Internet is great and it can be entertaining and fulfilling to speak to someone through screens it isn’t the same as in person.  I believe it takes away the human aspect of interacting with people.  Dewey states in her article that “90% of communication is nonverbal” and that Skype can capture that 90%.  She is talking about how body language, facial features and such are part of communication.  She talk about how Will gives a half smirk when she says something funny which is an a ample of how communication is nonverbal.  I think that a lot of nonverbal communication can be caught on skype but I’m not sure if all 90% of it can.  I feel like cues might be missed over the computer that wouldn’t be missed offline and in person.  

     Matt Richtel’s article is about how technology demands your attention.  The beginning of the article he states that, “Mr. Campbell continues to struggle with the effect of the deluge of data,” which his wife can vogue for.  The article explains how Mrs. Campbell is upset by the way technology takes away from family time and their daily lives.  The article goes on to explain how technology affects multi tasking and the different ways the brain is affected.  For some people they are able to multi task effieictly but this is only about 3% of people.  People who multi task weren’t able to focus as well at one thing at a time.  I agree with the article that multi tasking takes away from efficiency and ability to slow your brain down and relax after tasks.  I also agree with the part that technology is hard to ignore, like when you get an email notification, it’s pretty hard not to check it.  


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