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.