Social Media: Connections or Aloneness?

January 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Reading about “social media” continues to fascinate many of us, as has all internet communications for many years now.

Here is a report in “Slate” which also mentions a new book by Sherry Turkle, one of the first pioneers in all this study of using the internet and effects of it all:

Do you agree with the article? We think it raises quite a few good points. Seriously.

At the same time, the internet, social media, and whatever the next popular cyberspace entities are going to be, it’s here to stay. As we say in different places, life is all about communications and relationships, so we’ll continue reading.  AND —

For deaf and people with hearing loss – we suggest a very important exception to the general findings in the research  – how it brings us more information, more communication using TEXT of course – vital for millions of us. Research on this? Comments?


§ 2 Responses to Social Media: Connections or Aloneness?

  • amy says:

    my son (10..implant since 1 yo..also other disabilities) will be on a phone call or skype w/ Grandma or cousin.. and say, “can we text instead.” He does very very well w/ his implant. But over the phone is still difficult. I ❤ technology- I personally use FB tooo much but it also has connected a SAHM who homeschools and is isolated. interesting article.

  • ccacblog says:

    Hello Amy – appreciate your comment.
    So many of us strain to understand speech on phones (and in person of course), less of a struggle for many with implants. And in almost all group situations too – even with implants we’re told – comprehending more than one other voice during good discussions (with 3 or many more people) is also quite a challenge.

    The CCAC was created to focus on advocacy for inclusion of real time speech to text in so many places where it’s needed. Even on the telephone – current tty and captel systems are not accurate-enough nor immediate (fast enough) for group conversations which are vital at times, e.g. family medical conferences).

    We welcome your participation, also in CCAC membership if you care to join us from the homepage of our website,

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