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With the rise of technology in the past century from the telephone to the Internet and social media networks such as MySpace and Facebook social interaction no longer has to be face-to-face nor vocal Humans across the globe can message and converse with each other practically instantaneously whether theyve met in person before or not In his article The Atrophy of Social Life sociologist D Stanley Eitzen discusses this impact of the recent technology influx on social relationships aptly named social malnutrition This paper will explore and expand on Eitzens work primarily focusing on the Internets effect on relationship dynamics but also briefly touching on the impacts of externalnot part of the World Wide Webtechnological developments Eitzen first postulates Modern technology often encourages isolation Technology remember is more than just any electronic gadget any innovative device is considered a technological advance One can look through history for any example whether the wheel the plow or the automobile technology makes a job easier for a single person to complete on their own By this very nature and definition technology facilitates individual labor because it takes out the need for collaboration Transporting heavy rocks a job that would require the effort of multiple men is the work of one man and a truck Even advantages seemingly inconsequential to society like the refrigerator and air conditioning have had profound impacts on interaction Eitzen explains that because the refrigerator eliminates daily shopping trips the daily rhythm and interactions of shop proprietors and shoppers are also eliminated Similarly homeowners sit inside enjoying the cool air from their AC unit rather than sitting on the porch enjoying the fresh air with neighbors Another advance the written word can be argued as highly detrimental to social interaction Though books and magazines spark large amount of interactionbook clubs new job opportunities as editors and distributors and authors and the community of any employment network etcreading is primarily a solitary activity Writing
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