Does the use of phones affect how we communicate?

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According to Paul Booth, PhD, an assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago, “There has been a shift in the way we communicate; rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication,” he says. “We’d rather e-mail than meet; we’d rather text than talk on the phone.”

A study found that even when there is an opportunity to see people face-to-face, for example, up to 11% of adults still prefer to stay at home and communicate on their devices instead.“People tend to want to show others that they are having fun than actually having fun themselves,” said University of South Florida graduate Mark Clennon

They're finding that people communicate more often with family and friends because of technology, but the quality of that communication may be weaker. Kids who spend more time engaging with a screen than with other kids or adults can struggle to understand emotion, create strong relationships or become more dependent on others.

"These kids aren't connecting emotionally," says parenting expert and pediatric nurse Denise Daniels. "Emails, texts — these lack the emotive qualities of face-to-face interaction."         

“Cell phones have changed communication because now, instead of friends actually having a face to face conversation, they text each other. This is bad because intent become misinterpreted, which can lead to ‘drama’ and friendship problems,” Junior Taylor Strahan said.

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“The technology itself is not good or bad,” Campbell said. “It is how it’s used and who it’s used with.”

“Cell phones do have the potential to make us more focused on what’s going on in our personal lives, and the personal lives of the people that we’re close to,” Campbell said. “Maybe we’re not paying enough attention to things outside that realm.”

said by Scott Campbell, an assistant professor of Communication Studies and Nojin Kwak, an associate professor of Communication Studies.

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