Is Technology Impacting The Way We Communicate?

Technology is all around us; phones, computers, tablets, the list could go on forever. These devices impact our lives a lot, especially the way we communicate with others.

communication timeline

Communication Timeline (2015)

As you can see in the timeline above the way we communicate has come a long way.  From smoke signals to mobile phones, the goal of communication has not changed, we still want to communicate a message. Technology has influenced the way we communicate massively, by using electronic device. By using these devices; computers, tablets and smartphones, we are able communicate instantaneously with other people.

But is the impact of technology on communication only having positive outcomes? Sherry Turkle, a highly acclaimed professor at MIT , has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. In 2012 she conducted a TED talk on how technology is redefining how we communicate with each other.  She states the devices that we have in our lives ‘don’t only change what we do, they change who we are’ (Sherry Turkle, 2012). She addresses the negative and positive aspects of how we use technology to communicate. The full video can be watched below.

Technology has positively influenced the way that I communicate with friends and family that live around the world. We are able to send messages and call each other whenever we like. It has made keeping in touch easier and we are able to update each other on what is happening without having to wait to see each other in person.


Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M. (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Cambridge University Press.

Turkle, S. (2012, February). Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? [Video Podcast] TED Talk. Retrieved from


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