We already took a look at how technology has taken over our communities and our love life, so it only makes sense that technology also impacts how we talk to people. Face to face communication, for the most part, has been replaced with face to phone.
Technology has allowed people to use communication in more ways than one, whether video calling from Skype, or text messages from an iPhone. Take a look at how many times you have used technology to talk to someone, and compare it to how many times you talk with a person face to face.
Technology Communication: Frequency
Communication is, of course, most ordinary from a phone. Here are just a few statistics of how much talking is done with the help of something other than your mouth:
- According to Gallup, text is the most used form of communication for American adults under 50.
- Twilio reports that the average consumer sends three messages per hour (including app-to-app messaging).
- Twilio also adds that the average consumer sends 72 messages per day.
- In a study from O2, “telephone” apps on smartphones are only the fifth-most-used app among the general public.
- Forbes reports that over 205 billion emails are sent every day, or over 29 for every man, woman, and child on Earth.
Based on this information we can conclude that texting has become the preferred way people let technology do the talking in America. In fact, many of these numbers and statistics are mostly mirroring the United States, as the rest of the world follows different communication trends.
In more than 75 percent of the countries according to this report, mobile phone users spent only six minutes texting on average. However, most of these countries also tend to use chat or VoIP apps such as Skype, Line, and WhatsApp.
Most of the data shows how the act of talking on a phone has become even less common. Thus, millennials, youths, and likely the rest of the world has a conversation using their fingers, emoji’s, and spell-checked words.
What’s the Communication Damage?
As mentioned, there is a lot of inherent societal and mental damage that comes in using technology excessively. According to Dr. David Greenfield, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of CT School of Medicine, technology addiction not only occurs, but it also occurs enough to warrant a center dedicated to its treatment.
This remains relevant today as texting, Facebook messenger, and other communication technologies take hold and replace what used to be interpersonal communication. As social creatures, the need of talking to someone has only become easier for people with cellular devices, and has led to a dependence on technology.
Communication with technology has also affected a typical outing. Networks and online social groups have shown how communities are only a few clicks away, and have widened the gap of how one socializes with another.
Not to mention the abundance of psychological studies on texting, as it is easier to hide emotions through words. In other words, communication technology has made it easier to feel less, talk more and probably care less when talking.
Put the Phone Down!
Of course, texting and messaging have its place. It has made it easier to speak with distant friends or relatives. It has made sending out an urgent message quick and efficient. If anything, technology has brought people closer together.
Face-to-face communication is just better. It’s science. https://t.co/9hkPtuHQMs
— Ogilvy Washington (@OgilvyDC) April 26, 2017
There is always such as having too much of a good thing. Whether it’s video games or tablets, there are plenty of options for those who may be experiencing such a dependency with technology. Its impact on communication has only been growing with technological advancements.
Moderation has always been the key however and regulating when it’s the proper time to text, call or speak could mean a lot to the other person.