In Caitlin Dewey’s piece, she presents her argument as we are becoming too comfortable with technology, and uncomfortable with the real world. She explains this by telling her story about her online relationship with a guy named Will. She only communicated with Will over social media or Skype. When their Skype conversations became a nightly thing, they both felt as if what they were seeing they liked. They felt comfortable with each other, comfortable enough that Dewey traveled a very long way to visit him. However, when she spent the weekend with him she quickly realized some things about Will in person, she did not notice online. This is a prime example of how people in our society are becoming way to comfortable with technology. There are so many online relationships where neither party has actually met the other. When you communicate with people online, you tend to be more confident in yourself because you are not actually talking to the person face to face. I know I myself struggle with this. This is becoming a real issue with people because their social skills are failing due to all their time on the internet.
Matt Richtel’s piece goes into the truth behind multitasking. He says that scientists have found it physically impossible for the human brain to be able to comprehend multiple things at the same time at the same pace. Personally, I believe I can multitask and be successful. I am the type of person that likes to listen to music while I am doing homework or studying. However, Richtel is saying this really is not beneficial to people and whether they think they can, they really cannot. He continues to go into detail about how this myth of multitasking cannot be a real thing. Both of these pieces connect at the argument that technology is making us believe in things that we do, when in reality they are not possible. This relates to Dewey’s story about us believing an online relationship will be like an in person relationship, as well as Richtel’s myth on multitasking.
In Dewey’s Skype argument, I believe that she is saying that even though we think that Skype is verbal communication, in reality, it is just another form of social media that is messing with our head. Verbal communication most likely is when people are communicating face to face. Skype, although you think since the person is right there in front of you it is face to face, it is not. That person is nowhere near you. Dewey even says, “Skype eliminates distance; that’s why it works”. I completely agree with her argument because it is so common for people today to hide behind the internet instead of coming into contact with people. I also find her article persuasive when she says, “The internet brings people together with hashtags and message boards, but it never satisfies them”. People are constantly scrolling through social media feeds, liking stranger’s pictures, but what are we getting out of it? Why are we so consumed by it? I find these questions are the ones she is trying to make us think about and reflect on.