Running Head: ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS Role of Technology in Close Friendships Role of Technology in Close Friendships Picture a typical American high school student in the society of 10 years ago…
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You would find his hobbies drastically different. He would rather spend his time in front of his computer or laptop using some social networking website like facebook or twitter or playing games virtually on his X-box or Wii or massively texting/chatting with “friends” through his latest texting device, iPhone, iPad or some similar gadget. (Rath, 2006). What is the most noticeable difference between a teenager of 10 years ago and a teenager of today? Anybody would notice the infiltration of technology in their everyday lives. However, what we fail to notice is its actual impact, which is the continuous lessening of personal contact. (Anderson & Taylor, 2010). As the number of “friends” on facebook increases, the number of “real” friends diminishes. This is why the average number of close friends an American has is decreasing drastically. (Henslin, 2010). And this is not the case just in America. As the world becomes more and more obsessed with acquiring the latest technology, people everywhere in the world are gradually losing the “human” touch and are very happily adopting a robotic lifestyle. (Chall, 2004). What we fail to understand here is that human beings are social animals. In order to function properly psychologically, they need continuous interpersonal communication to feel alive. (Macionis & Plummer, 2008).
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He argues that friendship is above honour and justice and that it should be esteemed highly as it is a complete virtue. The Aristotle’s theories of friendship can be broken down into self- love of pleasure and self-love of utility which can be termed as selfishness while self-love of virtue is the highest that a person can achieve (Tutuska 351).
Friendship Friendship has great value and its effects supersede human imaginations. My most cherished friendship began when I was twelve years old. I was on a family trip to the city after completing my elementary school and I met a young boy whom I did not know upon arrival at my uncle’s place.
I mean, Robert in his whole life would have never intended to be an imp; however, his actions leave me no choice but to label him with such an identity. He claims to be a good friend of mine from childhood, but I turn around and stab comes the dagger on my back!!
Even among animals one can come across gangs who like their intimacy and presence each other. Among human beings, it is possible that even people who share different ideologies and outlooks can become intimate friends provided that they can respect the others' differences and understand them on a higher level.
Friendship is cherished because friends can blindly rely on each other in time of difficult situation, especially when they need emotion support. True friends are known be the most voracious critics of their friends as they look for the wider welfare of their
eople would agree that true friends are there for you in both good times and bad, in sickness and health, which of course makes one think of the marriage vows when people make a public commitment to be a good life companion. Most friends do not make such definite one off vows
They can also act as a motivational factor in one’s success, as most people confide in their friends for encouragement. Friendship helps sustain marriage, as most married people state that friendship is at least five times more important than intimacy