Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Wheaton Women’s Soccer team. We stayed for ten day and played three games against local Argentinian teams. In Argentina, there is limited wifi and many members of the team did not have international plans so their phones were disabled. Surprisingly, the primary struggle was not communicating with a completely different culture or languagee but giving up our phones.
Some girls could not go without using their phone. At restaurants, upon sitting, they would immediately ask the waiter or waitress for wifi or even connect to the public wifi which we had been advised not to do. It became so excessive that one of our captains asked for all phones to be put in the middle which even some girls did not comply to do. Why is it that we could not go a day without checking our phone? We had wifi at the hostil, why couldn’t we wait?
The phone has become a key method of communication for millennials so much so that we fail to communicate with others without the presence of our phone. It has become a distinct aspect of our language. As time progresses, more and more of our communication occurs through our phones so that we are dependent on it. As this dependency increases our ability to interact with other and communicate in the traditional way is slowly diminishing. The evolution of human language is taking a turn towards primarily technological.