Collecting data: Technology’s effect on communication, studies and expertise

Published: Granite Bay Gazette Vol. 19, Issue 2. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 (can be seen here).

Category: News Gathering

Reason for publication: To give my hypothetical idea that modern technology was having a significant influence on communication I used a variety of published sources and a top expert. Quoted pieces of the published story are followed below by the publication or expert with which they were used from.


  •   “According to research published by the Pew Research Center, 89 percent of cellphone users report using their phones during a recent social interaction. Cellphones “are always present and rarely turned off,” according to the Center, which claims that they are directly responsible for new social and communicational difficulties.”

This group of findings published by the Pew Research Center in 2014 surveyed a relatively high number of 3,042 cellphone users for their findings.


  •    “A new phenomenon describes the instance of using one’s phone to snub someone else – appropriately dubbed “phubbing.” Researchers at Baylor University have found that increased levels of unhappiness occur as an effect of phubbing.”

Baylor University published this study which found that “phubbing” – phone snubbing – can have detrimental effects on relationships, but also lead to higher levels of depression. Two experts in their field conducted a study which involved 453 U.S. adults and two individual surveys.

  •   “Technology could be the culprit of an even bigger emotional revolution, which has caused a 40 percent decrease in empathy amongst college students. Psychologist Sara Konrath collaborated with a University of Michigan research team to combine the findings of over 70 studies from 1979 to 2009 to conclude the shocking decrease in empathy. In an interview which took place via email, Konrath proposed technology’s plausible influence.”

This publication detailed the finding of over 30 years by psychologist Sara Konrath and her research team at the University of Michigan which concluded that college students have experienced a lack of empathy, speculating it might have to do with increased communication via online sources.




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