Taped MouthThink of a day before the Internet, television, telephone, radio, telegram and postal services. How did humans communicate with each other? Of course, they talked to each other in person; it was the only solution to relaying messages. As technology has progressed, we now have the sufficient tools to communicate with somebody out of reach. In the past century and a half, we have managed to progress far beyond the first telephone. In that case, the next few years will show newer and faster ways to send messages to others. While the innovations seem to be harmless, there is one large problem that will inevitably rise. As humans spend more time using Internet communication, what will happen to actual talking? When I refer to ‘talking’, that does not include video chat, but person-to-person conversations in the same place. While humans might still talk with one another centuries from now, there will be a progressive decline as the Internet takes over communication.

I am, however, hesitant to say this is a completely bad change. The Internet is unrivaled in keeping so many people in contact with one another. Without immediate connectivity, there would be no possibilities for the media to spread information so quickly. In these cases, the Web is being used because it is a faster way of transferring data. When people start to use communicate with others on the Internet as if they were making conversation, problems then arise. When more casual chats become text-based rather than verbal, people become used to this form of socialization. Could this mean that future generations grow up as typists rather than talkers? As time has progressed, many have already become comfortable using horribly incorrect grammar to make conversation. Of course it is hard to tell if text will or will not become more legible as it is more commonly accepted in place of talking. We can be surer of this: if typing replaces talking as the most popular form of communication, speech will suffer as a result.

To aid the summary, the social and ethical issues based on this topic are people & machines, globalization and education. The effect of computers and typing are a direct effect on talking, if digital text becomes more popular. As the Internet becomes more global, so does communication via their computers. As more people become used to typing instead of speaking, the problem spreads. Also, what will happen to education if their students would prefer to type? While this outcome might be rare, it could happen to some extent. What can we do to make sure this does not happen? The moral of this message is to keep talking!

Based on my father’s greatest fear for technology in the future.

Please excuse the wild statements, they simply work for entertaining writing.


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