This paper summarizes Christine Rosen article on Electronic Intimacy and enumerates my opinion, reaction and nostalgia on written communication. The writer explores the efficacy and lost era of letter writing with paper and pen and use of postal services, the benefits and downside of modern technology and social networking.
The writer laments on the gradual phasing out of paper and pen letter writing and emergence of modern technology and other means of communication that has replaced it. Smart phones, used for email and social networking are considered as liberators. Their emergence in 21st century as a source of hope has produced new options and wide range of greater freedom and delight to humans but loathsome to the writer because of its comfy. It's evolution has made paper and pen letter writing that connects our emotional experience to be obsolete. Social networking sites like Facebook and twitter have proved more damaging to our lives and purposes. People now use this medium to publicize their private lives to the whole world which after reading makes one feel that other people are living happier lives and ours is fairer. This new era of Electronic Intimacy is proven effective because of the speed, easy access and delivery of information in couple of seconds. The way we communicate our feeling ideally using paper and pen letter writing has been altered. The electronic downside of modern technology represses our emotion, exalts our intellect and seldom appreciate our feelings and senses. Our dependence on smart phones and Google certainly endangers our mind, decrease intimacy and encourages serendipity. Our intuition is discarded and the daily challenges of keeping up with mails and social network friends and relationships is time consuming and stressful. The writer claims there is a sense of gratification derived from social networking but the cost of social anxiety it creates far outweighs the pleasure.
Intimacy which is shared in written communication is now a forgotten culture. Our new world of technologies that brought greater freedom of choice demand that we willingly share and sacrifice our intimacy and secrets with the world.
The writer yearns for a 'reach and touch', face to face communication rather than follow friends and people we may never see on social networks.
Electronic intimacy brings us instant availability and immediacy which makes us insatiable. Enhanced modern means of communication, email, smart phones, social networks have debilitating effect on our experience for longing intimacy.
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