How often do you wake up and check your smartphone first? In my case, I usually check it out right away.
In modern society, smartphones are so pervasive that we cannot imagine our life without them. It allows us to communicate with others, anytime and anywhere. People not only use smartphones as a phone to call their friends or relatives, but also as a tool for watching videos or playing games. These jobs have made our lives more convenient than ever.
However, I believe that as smartphones become more powerful, face-to-face communication becomes less important. In other words, smartphones tend to interfere with our normal daily conversations. We see many disruptions caused by smartphones on a daily basis. I experienced such interference a few days ago.
Since I came to Shiko Prefecture as an international student from Japan, I have struggled with English. Especially in the classroom, where it is difficult for me to understand all the content. Thus, I am always keen to listen to the conversations between professors and students in order to keep abreast of it. I focus on every word. On top of the already difficult situation, I hear smartphone notification sounds from some of the students in the class.
Once, as soon as the sound went off, the professor stopped what she was saying and said, “Hey! I said you should turn off your smartphone before this class.”
The distracted and upset professor forgot what she was talking about and moved on to the next topic.
As a result, I had a limited understanding of the topic. For most students, my experience might be easily overlooked, but for me it was important to listen carefully to the professor’s speech. Similar to my own experience, I think there are plenty of other situations where smartphones get in the way of face-to-face communication.
Have you ever felt annoyed when your friends or relatives use a smartphone during a conversation? I think most people have done this, especially when the person they are talking to answers a phone call or looks at a text message. You may feel as if you are competing with a device for someone’s attention – and you are losing. This scenario is happening not only here, but also in my country.
I had a similar experience in Japan, when my friend’s smartphone interrupted our conversation while I was talking about my personal concerns in a restaurant. I asked him for advice on how to get along with one of his friends. Although it was a serious situation, every time he received a notification on his smartphone, he cared more about texts. Even though I knew he was listening to my story, I still felt uncomfortable.
In fact, according to Interpersonal communication book. Written by Cory Floyd, Floyd cites a study on The effect of the phone on communication Written by psychologists Andrew Przybylski and Neta Weinstein. The research shows that “the presence of cell phones can interfere with human relationships, an effect that is most pronounced when individuals discuss personally meaningful topics.”
The book also features Experiment data by sociologist Joseph Greene, who states that nearly 90% of us tend to get hurt by friends or relatives who ignore us for technical reasons such as using smartphones.
The development of smartphones is clearly incompatible with our face-to-face interactions. Sure, a smartphone is a tool for communicating effectively, but we must also be aware that it can prevent us from this very thing. This is especially true in the classroom, where any kind of distraction can get in the way of education.
I find this very important not only for other students, but also for oneself to reduce miscommunication with others. I think this awareness provides us with a good opportunity to look at how we keep our distance with smartphones.
Although smartphones are an essential part of our society, they also have a dark side in that they can interfere with our daily lives. However, we can reduce the disturbances caused by the smartphone by using it properly. The most important thing is to make an effort not to use your smartphones during face-to-face communication. If it’s a challenge for you, some apps can limit your screen time. Through awareness and conscious effort, I believe we can find a healthy balance.
Hiroto Nakajima can be reached at [email protected] @hiroto_nakajima_1120 on Instagram.
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