Shutting off phones or shutting off language?

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 languagecell phone.jpge 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.

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4 thoughts on “Shutting off phones or shutting off language?”

  1. I have also noticed that people basically cannot live without their phones. I constantly find myself checking my phone, knowing that nothing new has happened in the past two minutes. It really is sad. The amount of time we spend checking our social media profiles or texting could be spent doing hundreds of more productive things. I think the worst part may be that we know that we spend too much time on our phones, and still do nothing about it. I am sure that we all are aware of how absurd staring at your phone is, yet we do it all day anyway.

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  2. I defiantly agree, I do feel that we rely heavily on phones and technology. I also believe that it is shutting off language and is also making us more lazy. Instead of talking face-to-face or writing/ sending letters, we send emails and text messages through our smart phones. It makes me worry for the future generation because there will be a time where phones are more important to know than proper speech and trouble having social skills.

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  3. I completely agree that people are becoming addicted to their phones, myself included. However, I wish this wasn’t the case. Phone usage has become such a social crutch that people literally don’t know how to meet new people and partake in small talk anymore. Waiting on line, look at your phone. Waiting for a table, phone. Sitting with a few people you don’t really know, phone. Today my track team was hosting 2 recruits, they were supposed to be observing practice, but whenever I looked over at them, they were starring at their phones! It was ridiculous. I ended up walking over and asking them to put their phones away.
    I hope that the whole phone obsession gets toned down soon because it has a huge impact on communication between people. As we learned in class, language is always evolving, but I hope this phone-fad isn’t here to stay. Because I miss hanging out with people in the moment, not between snapchat and instagram scrolling.

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