SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP + TECHNOLOGY (Communication is necessary for social…
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIP + TECHNOLOGY
Communication is necessary for social relationships and technology is preventing that.
People spend so much time on the devices that they neglect their loved ones and society in general.
Children are now using technology to talk to their friends and they do not meet in person. (go on phones when talking to each other)
Millie would rather talk to "family" than her husband. She would rather read lips to an important conversation about suicide.
Last week, the Pew Research Center found that half of American teenagers — defined in the study as ages 12 through 17 — send 50 or more text messages a day and that one third send more than 100 a day. (Stout)
"had both ears plugged with electronic bees that were humming the hour away," "expert at lip reading," avoiding him by saying, "I'm hungry." (18)
People do not know how to converse, and people are becoming antisocial.
People rely on hiding behind the screen and stimulating "flashes" to get conversations going rather than rely on social skills.
The women in the parlor, Millie's friends, could not carry a conversation when the parlor was off. They only said fragments and could not stand the silence, it had to be filled with technology.
Children use the internet so much that it has become an addiction that they cannot control.
"Shek et al.  examined Internet addiction behavior in 6,121 Chinese primary and secondary students in Hong Kong and found that one-fifth of their sample could be regarded as the Internet addicted." "About 13.7% of adolescent Internet users (about 10 million teenagers) could be classified as Internet addicts "(Hing Kueng Ma)
Their faces grew haunted with silence." "these women twisting in their chairs under his gaze." (95)
People have lost empathy towards others.
Because people watch "fake feelings" is hard for them to identify with actual emotions.
Millie cannot understand or care why Montag is unhappy,
Children who watch television for large amounts of time can have a hard time understanding emotion.
"The researchers found that those who attended the electronic device-free camp were substantially better at reading human emotions than their peers from the same school who continued their normal behavior. The control group spent an average of 4.5 hours a day texting, watching television, and playing video games" (Medina).
"I'm not happy, I'm not happy," "I am" "I'm tired of listening to this junk ,"
Relationships can be damaged by technology.
People are so wrapped up in technology that they can abuse its power and sever relationships.
Millie and Montag's marriage was ruined by a lack of communication and technology.
As technology advances, so does bullying.
"43 percent of kids say they have been bullied online. Some 70 percent of surveyed students admit to seeing bullying take place online." (Younger)
second leading cause of death in teens is suicide
"She ran past with her body stiff," "Poor family, poor family," (114)