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raghav_patel
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TBR
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Technology is making humans less sociable.

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TBR
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/11/2015 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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raghav_patel

Pro

Technology is making humans less sociable. Is it? Yes or no?
And why? Provide evidence and analysis. In other words, give proof.
TBR

Con

Yup, I accept.

I will give you the R2 round for your argument.

tech·nol·o·gy
tekG2;näləjē/
noun
  1. the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.
    "advances in computer technology"
    • machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.
    • the branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
Debate Round No. 1
raghav_patel

Pro

First off, thanks for that freebie. This is my first debate.

Secondly, my argument is that technology has allowed humans to become less sociable because most people don't spend quality time spending time with their friends and family.

Another thing, the internet is used for many things that don't make then more sociable. In fact, more users use the internet for other puproses.
TBR

Con

First, as a technologist, I find the shorthand use of the word troubling. Technology existed before the first integrated circuit, before the industrial revolution, before the founding of the United States of America. I know my opponent didn’t intend to start a debate over semantics, and will give him or her the debate I believe she intends. I read it as, “The ubiquity of computing devices and their access to the Internet and other communication systems is making humans less sociable.” With that as question, my answer is unequivocally NO!

Let’s paint the mental picture I think pro would like us to see. Well, I will give you some inspiration [1]. The first reaction is that these people could be engaging in a more social activity, say talking to each other. I suppose they could, but that’s not the question, the question is – is the ubiquitous computer making these people less social. Well, let’s look at some other photos from before computing devices were in everyone’s pockets. [2][3]. The juxtaposition of the photos says quite a lot, but leaves more to be said. The older photos show a completely solitary activity, reading the news. The more recent scene has more options. What is on the screen they are staring so intently at? It might be news, it might be a text from mom. Regardless, even if it is only news reading, the device has the potential to turn the interaction into a bidirectional exchange of information. The user of the computing device can, in most cases, post information BACK to the source in the form of personal opinion, or questioning. He may even pass the source of the information to another person. A pointer back to the source.

The detractor of this interaction may be inclined to say something like “if they looked up, they may interact with someone new”. This is about the worst of misnomers, but I know I have heard it before. Socializing online opens incredible opportunities to meet more, and more diverse people. I only have to use this debate, and this debater as an example [4]. I now have more interaction with him or her than I might with anyone I drop my newspaper to mumble “good morning” to. The quality and content of the interaction is measurably better, and that’s without even factoring in the benefits of my opponent being geographically removed in a way that would make the interaction nearly impossible not long ago.

Since we have a five round debate, I will keep it short for now.

[1] http://i.imgur.com...

[2] http://also.kottke.org...

[3] http://timelifeblog.files.wordpress.com...

[4] http://www.debate.org...


Debate Round No. 2
raghav_patel

Pro

raghav_patel forfeited this round.
TBR

Con

I'm guessing you will not make it back to this debate. I really get frustrated by forfeited debates, however will give you a chance.

I will NOT post my prepared round, and ignore this round if you make it back to post. I will ask voters to ignore this laps as if this round did not exist.

If you make it back, and DON'T post I will assume the lack of respect was intentional.
Debate Round No. 3
raghav_patel

Pro

raghav_patel forfeited this round.
TBR

Con

No show from pro. Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 4
raghav_patel

Pro

raghav_patel forfeited this round.
TBR

Con

Technology is NOT making humans less sociable.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by TBR 2 years ago
TBR
So, you opened this debate as Pro, another taking the opposite position [1] AND a opinion [2]. Whats up with that?

[1] http://www.debate.org...
[2] http://www.debate.org...
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
Zarroette
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