Introduction on the Effects of Technology on Interpersonal Relationships:

Have you ever stopped to think about how the use of technology over time has affected our relationships with others? Looking back, it seems that when the telephone was first created, relationships blossomed because communication was now much easier and faster than sending postcards or telegrams. Today, the extreme increase of technology may be building walls in relationships rather than prospering them. Many theories exist relating to the effects of technology on communication. We hope that after viewing our page, you'll have a better understanding of the history of technology and have theories of your own on it' effects on interpersonal relationships.

CHECK THIS OUT!!!!! -An awesome slide show on different methods and means to communicate throughout the ages.


"However, as the distance between cultures and countries shrink, the distance between interpersonal interactants

appears to be expanding. Paradoxically, the closer we get,

the further apart we appear to be." (Jeffrey S. McQuillen )

This scene is a prime example of
how the increse in technology
is effecting interpersonal relationships.
Scene from the movie, "He's Just Not That Into You"

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Did You Know....

In the 1870's two inventors were working on the invention of the telephone. Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell both designed devices that could transmit speech electrically - the telephone. Both men raced to to the patent office within hours of each other, but Bell patented his design first. The two men entered a famous legal battle over the invention of the telephone, which Bell won.

Check out a timeline on the the
History of communication.
The earliest forms of communication started around 3500 B.C. to 2900 B.C. The Phoenicians, Sumerians, and Egyptians made their own form of communication through written alphabets and pictorial languages. For over 2000 years, more cultures started to create their own form of communication. In 530 B.C. the very first library was created by the Greeks to house this written communication. In 14 A.D., the Romans established a public postal service. In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg invents the first printing press with movable type, making the production of printed work faster than ever. In 1814 the first photographic image was taken, capturing communication visually. In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone making long distance verbal communication instantaneous. 1927 marked the first ever television broadcast and the beginning of communication through sight and sound simultaneously. In 1969 the first internet was started, freeing all communication ever publicly recorded to be viewed via the World Wide Web.

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Take a look at our video interviews. Each interview gives their opinions on cell phones and Facebook and how it has affected their relationships. Some see it as a positive while others find it a negative. It just goes to show you that technology use is a personal decision and affects an individual in different ways.

Cell phone Interview Cell phone Interview 2 Facebook Interview

Article Review: The Influence of Technology on the Initiation of Interpersonal Relationships by Alyson MarksClick on the file below to read an article review regarding the influence of technolgy on the initiation of interpersonal relationships by Jeffrey McQuillen.

We would like to hear from you! Go to the discussion tab at the top of this page and comment on how the increase in technology has had an affect on your relationships. Do you think the quality of your relationships have increased? Do you feel as though the use of technology is making it harder to communicate face-to-face? Feel free to create your own questions related to technology and it's effects on interpersonal relationships and start a discussion!