- “Negative Effects of Technology on Social Skills.” com. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article begins by explaining the use of technology in the classroom and how the advancement of it are affection students’ social abilities. It then goes on to describe the importance of social skills and how we use them to acknowledge normal cues that we would not recognize if we were not communicating face to face with a person.
How I used it: I used information on the importance of social cues from this site in my Definition and Research Arguments to help back up my position of the fact that one cannot recognize a visual cue through a virtual conversation which can wind up inflicting pain on someone.
- Wolpert, Stuart. “In Our Digital World, Are Young People Losing the Ability to Read Emotions?” UCLA Newsroom. 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains a study that was conducted by UCLA scientists to examine two groups of sixth-grade students where one group was attending a camp that did not allow electronic devices and the other group was not attending it. Every student was asked to recognize people’s emotions through pictures and videos before and after the study was conducted and the group that attended the camp improved much more than the group that did not.
How I used it: I used the experiment from this article to explain to my readers that people are more likely to communicate face to face when no electronic devices are available at hand.
- “Viewpoint: Why Social Media Is Destroying Our Social Skills.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 18 July 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article is about how social media is becoming the primary use of communication. It explains how people are becoming influenced to do certain things from what they see on the internet and describes how many people do not even feel the need to leave the house when they have so many networking and communication sites available from their homes.
How I used it: I used this article to help describe that it is likely to speak to family and friends virtually rather than face to face. I explained how it is not unusual to see people out in a group with their faces buried in their phones and I backed up my points with information that I gathered from this article. I also used it to describe how people are constantly taking pictures and posting on social media for their virtual friends to see rather than enjoying the time they are spending with others for themselves.
- Argyle, Michael. “Social Psychology.” Britannica Academic. Web. 29 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article begins by explaining what social psychology is. It then goes on to describe different experiments that are conducted to see how people live on a daily basis. Following this it talks about social perception and interaction processes. Afterwards, the article describes small social groups and how every group of people does not operate the same. Lastly it describes the process of socialization and how oneself is influenced and reacts to certain situations.
How I used it: I used this article in my Research Argument to explain that social media and technology are not the only aspects of life factoring into the lack of social interaction today. I used the information that I read up on about socialization to describe that one of the biggest problems in people’s personalities and lack of interaction are how they are raised. If a parent does not influence good behavior on their child, some of the blame can be held against their parent or guardian.
- Leader, Jessica. “This Is How Technology Is Affecting Your Relationship.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 17 Oct. 2014. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains how technology is affecting our relationships by describing how so many people spend so many hours of their days on the internet leading to the start of relationships. It explains how people get their hopes up when they meet someone online and then when it comes to meeting in person, expectations are not exceeded.
How I used it: In my papers I describe how, although there are successful relationships from people connecting online there are also times where families have been broken up due to other on-line relationships occurring. I used this article to explain how technology is causing a lack of trust in relationships and also to expand upon the fact that people are not always what they advertise themselves as on-line.
- “The Impact of Social Media Use on Social Skills.” New York Behavioral Health. Web. 19 Apr. 2017
Background: This article explains how people are using social media more than any other type of communication. It provides us with different statistics showing the percentages of people that use social media, texting, and messaging over any other type of communication. It also explains the risks that social media comes with, for example, cyber bullying. Lastly it explains social media and social skills; how social cues are important to understand but we are not picking up on them on-line.
How I used it: I used this article to help describe that people who rely on technology as their primary use of communication are likely to lack normal social cues. I explain how teenagers use text messaging more than face-to-face interaction to communicate with others to prove that they are not receiving the elements needed to grow socially.
- Drago, Emily. “The Effect of Technology on Face-to-Face Communication.” The Effect of Technology on Face-to-Face Communication by Emily Drago 29 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains the negative influences that technology is having on society’s ability to communicate. It includes many different studies that were done proving the negative effects of face to face communication.
How I used it: I used information from this article to help verify the explanation that people who spend more time throughout the day on their cell phones or devices tend to lack social cues more so than people who do not spend so much time using technology.
- Bindley, Katherine. “When Children Text All Day, What Happens To Their Social Skills?” The HuffingtonPost. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 09 Dec. 2011. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains how with the continuous advancements of technology, the development of social skills in future generations might become worse and worse. Similar to other articles that I read up on, it describes how social cues such as foot tapping and eye contact, are not able to be understood through virtual communication.
How I used it: In my arguments I explain how technology is one of the biggest detractors in allowing people to grow socially through real life experiments. I use Bindley’s article to help prove my point in explaining that since the rise of smartphones, people are not socializing face-to-face as frequently as we used to before smartphones existed.
- “Counter Argument and Conclusion Paragraphs.” SOCIAL MEDIA’S IMPACT ON AMERICA. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains how almost everybody in society today has at least one form of social media. It describes the negative aspects of social media such as; the cause of people becoming more isolated, less face-to-face interaction and weak relationships. It also describes some positives but overall explains that the negatives outweigh the positives
How I used it: I incorporated information from this article into my Research Argument by explaining how being constantly connected with the community makes some people feel less lonely. I used this information to make the counterargument against the harmful aspects of social media.
- Lenhart, Amanda. “Chapter 4: Social Media and Friendships.” Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. 06 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains how social media sites are playing a role in forming friendships and new relationships. It is one of the primary ways that teenagers interact with their peers. A lot of people in society feel that social media is giving them a better connection to their surroundings and allows them to say things through a text message or online that they may feel uncomfortable saying in person.
How I used it: I used this article in my Research Argument to help explain that even though there are many negatives to social media, it is still one of the main ways that teenagers use to communicate. Children are still able to make friends through social media without certain social skills and people find this as a positive impact on society for children that are more shy and tend to have difficulty making friends.
- Nicholson, Jeremy. “Pros and Cons of Online Dating.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 30 Apr. 2014. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article includes information about how there are both positive and negative aspects to online dating. For example, it explains how matching may be a pro for some people that do not have much time to go out so they are able to take personality tests to match with someone of similar interests. However, on the down side of this, a person can be matched with someone who is nothing like what they present themselves as online in person.
How I used it: I used this article to help explain that meeting someone online as opposed to in person can lead to issues that may be uncomfortable due to the fact that just because a person matches with someone online does not mean they are the actual perfect match for each other, which is what many people set their expectations to causing disappointment.
- “Is Technology Making People Less Sociable?” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 10 May 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article is about how people are spending so much time developing online relationships that it is taking away from forming real life relationships. It also explains how networking and communication sites have made it easier for long distance friends and relatives to stay in contact with each other. The article then goes deeper into the fact that having hundreds of friends we on Facebook and other sites is unnecessary because we are reading into people’s lives who we have not even met.
How I used it: I used information from this article to explain that it has become the norm to see people occupied by their phones due to the fact that people are using mobile technology to maintain contact with others.
- “What Impact Has Social Media Truly Had On Society.” Business 2 Community. Web. 30 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article, similar to others, explains the negative and positive impacts that social media has had on society. It goes into the impact on politics, business, productivity and our privacy. It also talks about cyber bullying and the effects of social media.
How I used it: I used this article in my research argument to help explain the role that social media has had on politics. When people start to post on twitter about their opinions on politics people tend to get offended which can cause problems.
- Duggan, Maeve, and Aaron Smith. “The Political Environment on Social Media.” Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. 25 Oct. 2016. Web. 30 Apr. 2017.
Background: This articles main focus is on the harsh statements that are posted on social media on politics and how they are offending others.
How I used it: I used this article to help describe the frustration that people get when they see things online occurring that they get offended by because they have different views. I go on to explain that posting our political opinions online is unnecessary and is causing useless drama.
- Morris, Chris, and Special To CNBC.com. “The Rise of Tech, the Death of Human Interaction.” CNBC. CNBC, 15 Aug. 2015. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains how addictions to our smart phones can be similar to that of alcoholics. It also describes the lack of human connection that we are receiving through dating sites and how people are treating relationships more untraditionally than they used to be.
How I used it: I used this article in my Research Argument to explain how the overuse of technology is unhealthy for our brains. The article describes a study that was conducted where scientists found abnormal connections between the nerve fibers in the brains of people who constantly use the internet. I further explained that from technology we are not only lacking social interaction but it is not healthy for us to constantly be using.