Blog Post #6

Both Matt Richtel and Caitlin Dewey discuss the impact of technology on everyday life, but they talk about it from different point of views. In the article “Hooked on Technology, and Paying a Price” Richtel talks more about the effects of multitasking, specifically focusing on a man named Kord Campbell. Campbell is so stuck on technology, that even his family notices. When they are on vacation he can’t stay off of his phone for too long, ducking off to reply to emails, but ending up playing video games. Richtel also talks about the “myth of multitasking”. In a study between people who consider themselves as multitaskers and people who don’t, the ones who considered themselves multitaskers did a significantly worse job than the non-multitaskers. “Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information…” (Richtel 482) On the other hand, Dewey talks about the idea that technology makes our online social life easier, but less personal. She talks about her own personal experience with online dating. And when she finally met her suitor in person, the connection that she thought would be there, wasn’t. She talks about how in person, he was sort of distant, constantly checking his phone or talking about the internet. She says, “He took me out for dinner and read his email while we waited for our food. He apologized profusely, but still checked his Web site’s traffic stats while we sat in his living room.” (Dewey 520) Dewey writes, “I’ve read that 90 percent of human communication is nonverbal. Skype captures that 90 percent on a low-resolution video camera, compresses it, funnels it to a node computer and reproduces it on a screen anywhere in the world.” I think she is saying that long distance relationships work because at any time, and any place you could skype your significant other and feel a sense of content while talking to them. But I disagree with this. While on skype you do get an idea of what the other person is feeling, but nothing would compare if you are actually in the room with them, and seeing every social cue that they give off. Dewey gives her own personal experience so it makes her argument more relatable.


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