Technological influence on personal communications

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Romello Weakley

English 111 N3

Mrs. McEwen

April 29, 2014

Technology's Influence on Personal Connections

Technology has had a great impact on the way people socialize and connect with each other. In the article, "Society is Dead: We have Retreated into the iWorld," Andrew Sullivan argues that we as a society are narrowing our lives by becoming too attached to technology. Sullivan also argues that people are missing out on life because they have instant access to everything they want and need through technology. Anna Akbari is another author who wrote an article which argued that technology can positively and negatively affect how happy a person can be. In Akbari's article, "A Personal Guide to Digital Happiness," she also argues that technology will change life and culture because of the new ways we have of connecting to one another. Although Sullivan and Akbari wrote articles with different main points, they both agreed that technology can positively and negatively affect the way people connect with each other.

Sullivan wrote the article, "Society is Dead: We Have Retreated into the iWorld," in order to prove his point that society today has changed a lot because of technology. He starts his essay by talking about the time he had when he went to New York City. When Sullivan described the life of New York City in his article, "Society is Dead: We Have Retreated into the iWorld," he talked about how New York used to be filled with loud chants, cheers and yells. He also talked about how daylife in New York City seemed quieter than usual. His explanation for why New York was so quiet was that there were little wires hanging down from people's ears. Sullivan called those people the "iPod People" because they were so attached to their...