The Effect Technology will have on Relationships in the Future

Technology is growing everyday and in the future we can only imagine all the things that it will offer us. One thing is that technology will affect our relationships in the future. Most people like to agree on the fact that technology is dumbing us down while others argue against that statement. In an article I read called, “The future of relationships and technology” it states ,”There are arguments that we fall prey to group think, or that we lose our individuality, and all this technology is making our ‘human’ relationships somehow more shallow and less meaningful.

So the question is how will relationships change?

We need to filter the information we receive and test it for relevance and credibility and authencity, and we need to asses our relationships in the digital world with the same criteria we use when we meet someone in the physical world. It is precisely because we are ‘human’ that we are able to judge the emerging quality of relationships in either realm (Conway).  The author answers the question by saying, “I don’t know, and precisely because I don’t know means that I won’t make judgements today about what will be viewed as a real human relationship in the future. With technologies like holographics and haptics, who knows what relationships will be like in the future? Relationships in the future will be different, but will that mean they will be any less human? Maybe, maybe not, depending on whether today’s definition of being human survives intact into the future. Dismissing technology mediated relationships as negative and dangerous today closes down opportunities to explore, shape and influence the degree of human-ness in those online relationships. And that’s just dumb” (Conway).

In another article I read called, “happiness is this world” the author Steve Keye answered the question by stating, “The Internet is an amazing tool. But even as it’s shrunk the world and brought us closer together, it’s threatened to push us further apart. Like any useful tool, to make technology serve us well requires the exercise of good judgment. For whatever reason, the restraints that stop most of us from blurting out things in public we know we shouldn’t seem far weaker when our mode of communication is typing. Unfortunately, typed messages often wound even more gravely, while electronic messages of remorse paradoxically have little power to heal. Perhaps we just don’t think such messages have the same power to harm as when we we say them in person. Perhaps in the heat of the moment without another’s physical presence to hold us back, we just don’t care. Whatever the reason, it’s clearly far easier for us to be meaner to one another online. Let’s try not to be.” (Keye)

My answer to the question is that I think technology will bring us closer together. This is because the way a human’s mind works I think things will be invented where for example if were far away from each other the person could be right beside you. Or you can touch through phones, or some crazy stuff like that I just think will be invented.


Flash mobs and Relationships

Flash mobs are a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration. A flash mob happens when nobody expects it so that it can catch the crowd by surprise. The group of people is usually like 10 or more people and most of the time their unusual entertainment is a song or dance.

Some people use a flash mob for relationship purposes. In an article I read called, “Heartwarming Lion King Whistler flashmob proposal” a man named Jared Lekkas proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sofie Obermüller. Jared tried to keep it a secret but somehow people started to hear about what he was going to do and showed up just to watch it all go down. At the very last song Jared came through the crowd found Sophia and took off his lion king costume and proposed. She said yes and was very emotional.

In another article I read called, “Home Depot Flash Mob Proposal Goes Viral” a man named Dustin Reeser went to Home Depot expecting to meet a roomate there but when he got there he was surprised to see down the aisle a party of people waiting for him.   Friends and family made surprise appearances in small groups, with some  attending  through video chat. To everybody’s surprise his boyfriend came out and proposed to him. He immediately said yes after a little speech was said.

As a lot of people are all for a flash mob proposal some people are against it. In the blog I read called, “No Flash Mobs Proposals, Please!” the writer made some good points why she would not prefer it. She states that every girl wants the ideal fairy tale ending but she just doesn’t think that all that effort is such a good idea sometimes. Her points were what if she said no; what then? This would be very embarrassing for the boyfriend because all his hard work an effort would be a waste of time and a huge embarrassment in front of tons of people. Her next point was,”what if she said yes but was not actually ready or willing to make that commitment?” this is a tricky one because temptation and pressure can force people to do things that they do not necessarily agree with. A female could say yes to save her boyfriend the disappointment and embarrassment but then later in their relationship resent him because she felt forced to say yes. The writer feels that just because it is true love do you have to be so elaborate about it? The writer thinks that a few honest words is better than a performance and band.

So my question to my followers is how would you feel about a flash mob proposal??? #foodforthought

How Digital Divide affects Relationships

Digital divide is the gap between those people who have internet access and those who do not. Digital divide makes a difference in relationships of people who have the internet and people who do not.

In person relationship versus cyberspace relationship

In an article I read called, “The final Showdown” the author discusses the positives and negatives of cyberspace relationships. One of the positives was that when sending a message you are able to respond back at your own pace and whenever you want to. During these moments you are not pressured into a having to answer on the spot as opposed to being in person. A lot of people love this about having the internet because it gives a person the chance to think their thoughts through about how they feel before they respond. Some people feel as though they can express themselves better this way because they are thinking before communicating. The negative aspect behind this is how long it can take to receive a response.

Another positive aspect is that you can record your messages between one another. This allows people in a relationship to cherish moments when something sweet was said, or in another look you can use the messages to prove a point or remind somebody of what they said to you. Messaging gives people a little “comfort” zone. I say this because some people say stuff behind a screen that they would not say in person. This could go both ways and result in a good thing or even a bad.

In person the human voice is rich in meaning and emotion. Imagine if you did not have internet access, how would your relationship work out? My personal opinion is that it would be difficult but not bad. Instead of being able to talk to your significant other all day long you would have to wait until you got to a telephone to call. In a positive way you would cherish every moment you talked to each other because you do not know when you would have time to talk again. In a negative way if you do not have patience it would be hard to wait.

The article states that people cherish the voice of their loved one. Their voice can create feelings of joy and comfort. Another point is seeing is believing. We have all heard the expression actions speak louder than words. Seeing is believing the face and body language makes a big difference on how you understand people. Through the internet those cues are missing. In a relationship you want to be touched and visually see things and the internet just gets in the way of possibilities like that.

So this makes me wonder…..would your relationship survive without internet access?? #foodforthought

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This week in class we learned about Rights and Privacy Acts. My personal opinion is that we have the right to privacy within each other. For example, between people mind your business, at work your boss doesn’t need to know if I have a Facebook or instagram, but when it comes to the government they have every right to listen to my conversation and keep me safe. So privacy plays major roles to a certain extent.

Privacy Between Professors and Students

All over the world there are a lot of parent teacher relationships. In an article I read called, “Faculty-Student Relationship” the policy behind this relationship lies in the foundation of the educational process. Teachers are always suppose to stay within a certain extent of their student. For instance, privacy should take place. A student could share personal information with a teacher but a teacher shouldn’t ask personal questions unless the situation is very serious. A teacher shouldn’t ask a student to be friends with them on Facebook or things that could lead to an inappropriate relationship between them. In the university school system student’s do not have much privacy from their professors when it comes to their demographics and grades. I feel as though our teachers are there to help us be successful in our careers the only people that should be able to look up our information is our professor who taught us or our advisor, the registrar office, etc. any other teacher is irrelevant. Why would they need to look anyway.

Privacy within the workplace

The next article I read called, “Privacy in the Workplace” discussed the concerns about privacy who is reading your email, internet access, etc. A lot of employees at work feel like they are constantly being watched. Jobs will put cameras up to watch their employees before putting cameras up to watch customers. As an employee we should have the right to privacy. my boss doesn’t need to see who I am talking texting on my phone or what I do on my social networks. Now in some cases social life can affect the work life. For instance, a bad relationship at home can affect how somebody acts at work. Or things from your personal life can come not your work area. In situations like that a boss may feel obligated for an explanation, but as an employee you can refuse. The boss then could tell you keep your work life separate or fire you but they should not violate your privacy.

In the act of privacy there’s pros and cons to each scenario. The world will constantly face problems when it comes to this but it is just something we will have to deal with. The world would just be a better place if people could understand the policy and learn what limits to stay beneath and which ones can be crossed


The Relationship between Freedom of Expression in Entertainment

In class this week we learned about Freedom of Speech. “the right of the people to express their opinions publicly without government interference, subject to the law against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion.”

Now and days people are coming out with music all over the world. The question is should we be able to express whatever we want in our music? Should the government be allowed to have the authority to dictate to the citizens what we may or may not listen to? The relationship between freedom of expression and entertainment runs deep. In the 1980s a rap group existed called 2 Live Crew. The owner of this record was charged in the late 1980s with a criminal obscenity charge. The reason for the charge was against the song lyrics. (ACLU)

When making an album you are considered an artist. An artist has a unique imagination that is expressed in their music. That right there put our freedom of speech to test. “Freedom of expression for ourselves requires freedom of expression for others. It is at the very heart of our democracy (ACLU).” The main things that is targeted in our music is sex. Now sexual lyrics is allowed in music but people have the opportunity to ban it. For example, simple literature such as Mya Angelou’s, “I know why the caged bird sings was banned from public schools because of the literature. This means that to a certain extent sexual content can be suppressed but not censored.
People feel as though having explicit lyrics is a threat to our society. Listening to sexual or violent lyrics causes people to act in destructive ways. Test have been proven about these facts.

What is the cause-and-effect relationship? Studies have shown that children can watch a violent show. They will show violent behavior but will not show violent behavior towards another person. Arguments can never prove if violent tv shows cause people to act violent or if violent people like to watch violent shows. There are two things the government cannot do when it comes to freedom of expression. The first one is content neutrality, which means the government cannot limit expression no matter how bad the lyrics are. The second one is that, “expression may be restricted only if it will clearly cause direct and imminent harm to an important societal interest (ACLU).”

In my opinion, people know the difference between fiction and reality even children. It is going to be our own decisions we make. Lyrics to a song should not force us to do anything. I personally wouldn’t ban any music. You do not know an artist story or why they express themselves the way they do through music. Their music can relate to somebody in the world and it shouldn’t be banned or censored. If you do not think your child should listen to it then as a parent you handle it. As an adult after listening to music you control your actions simple as that.

Augmented Reality & Relationships

This week in class we discussed Augmented Reality which is “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device.” Merriam Webster

Augmented Reality impacts a lot of people around the world and their relationships.

How does augmented reality effect relationships?

Augmented reality can change your relationships a lot or not even change it at all. I read a blog called, “How Augmented reality effect relationships” and Baker discusses how the fact that we look through glass can affect how we act. I think this is so true because people can create the ideal boyfriend or girlfriend that they like. For instance, the program Second life allows us to create and avatar who in our mind we would like to be but not who we are in real life. By being this other person in another world it allows us to meet other people who are doing the same thing. Let’s say you are in a relationship but then you log into Second Life and you are in a relationship with somebody else that can be very damaging to your real life situation. Baker states, “that we can mistake our pretend relationships for our actual ones.”

Augmented reality for business

In this article I read called, “Augmented reality for Business” it explains how augmented reality affects its relationships with its customers. Augmented reality brings down that face to face experience that business usually get when people for instance come into a grocery store. Now because of that businesses have to be more creative with their approach for customer experience. The article states, “that you should keep things nice and simple for your customers.” It talks about, “if you’re a  sunglasses retailer, a virtual mirror can allow customers to “try on” a pair of frames and decide on the product that best suits.” As a customer I would think that it pretty cool because right from home or in the store I can virtually see how something will look on me. This is a smart way for businesses to stay successfully because customer needs are still being satisfied. It discusses how businesses should always make their applications easy to use.

Augmented Reality Can Change Teaching

In another article I read called, “How Augmented Reality Can Change Teaching” is states that, “Children that use this technology have remained focused on the task and have seemed more attentive to the lesson.” An example giving is how 3D can affect how a child learns. A child will pay more attention about a square when it is in virtual view and can be seen from all different angles as opposed to just on paper. Another example is reading, a child would have more of an impact from a story that has actual pop ups then a book that doesn’t. I agree with this because augmented reality can really be used effectively in our school system to help children learn.


How CMC affects Relationships

This week our main focus was Computer Mediated Communication. Which is any communication that occurs from computer mediated formats which are now considered mobile devices. There are many different types of CMC like social networking, electronic email, and SMS. These three main things affect relationships a lot.

Social Networking

I read an article called, Can Social Media Actually benefit Relationships and it discusses different networks and how people benefit from them. LinkedIn is a social network that helps people build professional relationships. Sometimes when you are looking for a job the manager will ask to view your LinkedIn page. This is helpful for your work relationship because your coworkers and manager can see your interest and expertise. You can also get linked to professionals and new job opportunities. Another top network is Twitter. The socially helps people build relationships with companies. There are over 500 companies that have twitter accounts. They get most of their feedback from people who respond through social networks than they do in person because some people say more stuff through via internet than they do in person. Facebook gives people the opportunity to keep relationships with friends and family. Facebook allows there users to post things on a timeline giving your friends and family a chance to stay updated with what’s going on in your life. This social network helps keep relationships strong because people can feel apart of what’s new in your life by just viewing your page.

Electronic Email

Electronic email has some pros and cons to relationships. Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Communication states that, “Electronic communication benefits people across the world by lending to them, the privilege to share televised pictures, conversations, graphics, circuits, and interactive software.” People can build memories from electronic email. This is because your messages can be stored on a disk or tapes for many years or you can have the choice in printing them out. That way you can look back on old conversations. The type of CMC also helps relationships with students and teachers. A professor can send an email to their students and within seconds the students can read it anytime and anywhere.


SMS plays a big role in romantic relationships. Couples Who Text Too Much Aren’t As In Love As They Want You To Think states that, “82% of young couples txt the person their in a relationship with multiple times through out the day. The main point that this article makes is that your relationship can have high quality by sending a lot of loving messages. When conflict arises the best method would be not to use messaging but to communicate face to face. Women are known to be the ones who send more messages, but when a male sends a lot of messages is makes relationships strong as well. So next time think about that when having an sms conversation.

Technology Determinism And Relationships

In class we learned that Technology determinism is the idea behind the theory that technology does things to us as a society or individual. What I want to touch base on is how technology really does a lot of things for our relationships in life. It helps our relationships progress, teach us things about our relationships, and make our relationships healthier.

How does technology make our relationships better?

Technology helps us stay connected with whom we care about. In the article Mediating Intimacy, it refers to how intimiate relationships used to start out with flowers, and love letters, but now the commonplace is the use of technology. If people are away from each other the main way to stay in contact is through internet. This is helpful because people are not limited to waiting for the mail to receive a love letter or a delivery of flowers thanks to technology they can contact their significant other instantly. Matchmaking and online dating is another method that a lot of people seem to be happy about. Being able to just chat online or send text messages through a mobile device hos been a technique that people have used to create dating. Technology is making an impact on our generation because it satisfies as important social and personal need to feel connected.

How does technology teach us things about our relationship?

Technology has mostly helped a lot of people who are involved with long distance relationships. I read a blog called my 5 Things my Online Long Distance Relationship has Taught Me. In this article she list 5 things and explanations about online dating. The 1st was, “If you’re looking for love you will find it where your passion lies.” This means that she had a passion for writing blogs and her boyfriend was her number one fan and they became a couple. The 2nd one was, “The best relationships start as friends.” A lot of people are able to relate to one another and do this by connecting through social media. Some people find it weird to connect with somebody just by talking through blogs or chatting on Facebook but other people love it.  The third one is, “Patience is a virtue.” Online dating requires the most patience. Technology taught this couple that If you can bring yourself to be patient and wait for each other, when the time comes that you are together, it will just be that much better.

How does technology make our relationship healthier?

I read an article called 9 Healthy Habits Open Relationships Can Teach Us. Technology can help with your relationship because you can simply go online and find articles such s this one. A few things I will list from the site are, “1. Hold on to your friendships-if you get involved with somebody stay true to your friends.” “2.  Keep being the individual you were before you got in the relationship-don’t let your significant other change you.” Here is just a glimpse of what technology can offer.



Mobile Broadband & Relationships

Mobile helps patients and healthcare providers

Mobile Broadband has helped tremendously with relationships. One of the relationships that mobile broadband has helped with is patients and health care providers. In the article, Ten Facts about Mobile Broadband it states that health care is everywhere whether its at a dentist office, doctor’s office, pharmacy, insurance companies, etc. To get the best healthcare patients go through a variety of providers. First, let’s discuss the Pharmacy. I currently work at Rite Aid Pharmacy and we have a system where we can notify the patient immediately when their prescription is ready. The process in doing this is very simple. Now that every body uses their cell phone our computers gives us the option to go to the patient’s profile, plug in their cell phone number and click the boxes that give up the option of sending them a txt message, phone call, or email when their prescription is complete. This was a smart way our company has built relationships with our patient’s because 90% of them are happy with this method. The reason their happy is because it eliminates the process of patient’s having to call the pharmacy and keep wondering if their prescription is ready of not.

Doctors offices have built relationships with their patients as well because while the patient is in the office the doctor will explain to them the medications they will be giving them for their treatment. The doctor then sends the prescription to the pharmacy that the patient goes to electronically through the computer. The pharmacy then receives the prescription and we are able to process the prescription and have it ready before the patient arrives. This process helps the doctor’s offices because it then leaves their patients happy. I’m sure anybody is happy with the faster service. This process also eliminates patients having to bring a hardcopy prescription to the pharmacy and then wait a long time for it to be completed.  Because of mobile broadband the pharmacy and doctors offices has gained relationships with their patients by satisfying them.  Mobile broadband should be taken advantage of in any company. I say this because their is so much people can do with their cell phones that would satisfy them as well as their providers. My job also has a website. If you currently get prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacy their is an pharmacy app that can be downloaded to your phone that can be used at your convenience in managing your prescriptions. One thing the app allows customers to do is refill their prescriptions. If they currently have their prescription number they can just use their mobile device to type in their information and put in whatever medication they need a refill on. The app also access them to a 24 hour pharmacist. After hours it allows our customers to ask questions to a licensed pharmacist anytime they want. Mobile broadband has helped our company build great relationships with our customers and hopefully we can continue to do that.

HDTV combined with Relationships

Back in the day technology was rarely used. In today’s world it is used all the time. Technology plays a major role in relationships with your mate, friends, and family. With HDTV and IPTV relationships are not just limited to landline phones, or visiting one another’s home. It allows people to see, talk, and capture moments on the go.  In an article I read called, Internet Networking Benefits Relationships.” The article states that, ” the internet can be used to enhance your life (Daniells).” Using the internet can be beneficial but can also be dangerous and risky. For instance, a lot of people have seen the TV show “Catfish.” In this show the audience can see how people lie about their age, occupation, looks, etc. Basically goes to show how sometimes, finding relationships through the Internet is not so well. HDTV is involved with Catfish because it shows how web pages like face book, myspace, etc. went into a reality TV program. Audiences use and make sense of these changes by indulging more in the activity of trying to find true love online. But for other people its beneficial. A lot of college students search for love and on certain websites it limits you to being able to lie. For instance, if SU were to have a dating source online only students would be permitted because you would have to use you campus email and proof of being a student. This shows how HDTV moves with you between private and public.

The article states, “that the most healthiest relationships results from online and in person (Daniells).” Facts prove that by being connected over the internet that people are able to save time and money as oppose to going out an a physical date. Communicating repeatedly then brings intimacy. Another article I read was, .”How Our Digital Devices Are Affecting Our Personal Relationships.” The article says, “Technology has us so wound up in the digital world and were not present enough in reality.” Because of digital TV creating mobile devices people have complained about being in the same setting as somebody else but yet their face is buried into the screen of their cell phone. In this case it builds trust issues in relationships and lack of empathy is felt from our partners (Adler).”  Our mobile devices affect parents and children as well. “When parents pick up their children from school their so caught up in their mobile device that they don’t even pay any attention to their own children (Adler).” Children are just as bad at dinner tables, or while a parent is trying to talk to them they are soaked up in the internet on their phones or laptops. HDTV has tremendously affect on relationships and is continuously day by day increasing.