Disadvantages of Communication Technology

Communications technology also has some disadvantages on private and public life

  • The reduced social interaction that occurs due to increased use of communications technology can result in a lack of social learning. Common courtesy such as tact, politeness and listening skills may become obsolete. Professor Susan Greenfield of Oxford University christened this ‘infantalisation’ or childlike behaviour due to a lack of social skills.
  • Internet addiction is a huge problem, especially in South Korea where there are over 210,000 child internet addicts. Some of these children spend up to 18 hours a day on the internet.
  • Excessive time on the net can decrease an individuals ability to concentrate and apply themselves to something long term, such as to long-form reading. This is known as a reduction in ‘hedgehog type behaviour.’
  • Electronic communication does not allow for non-verbal communication, such as body language and facial expressions, to emphasize a message, which leaves messages open to misinterpretation.
  • The Digital Divide refers to the inequalities and differences that are born by the digital era. This divide includes disparities in age, race and income.
  • The huge free flow of information across the internet has allowed many individuals to bypass censorship in a variety of ways. This had led to a series of unlawful acts including data breaching, cyber bullying and child pornography. Complete and solid censorship is in the hands of ISP’s such as eircom and BT Ireland to uphold.
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By mags2304

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