I think I remember the day my family got a computer. It was a boring beige color, large, and boxy. My two older sisters would play games on it that I was too young to figure out how to do myself, but I loved watching them play anyways. One day, my dad was setting up emails for all of us through AOL, we decided on purplezebra6 for my account name, for the obvious reasons that my favorite color is purple, my favorite animal is a zebra, and I was six at the time. A couple of years went by, and I would send little emails to my little friends, and I remember it being all so exciting.
Fast-forward some time, I remember my oldest sister, who is seven years older than me, typing away vigorously to her friends through the computer. I always thought that that was the coolest thing ever, probably because she was fifteen years old and virtually anything she did was the coolest thing ever. It was until I was about twelve or thirteen years old that I finally got my first AIM (AOL Instant Messager) account, coolilzebra, that I encountered the challenges of communicating through a screen.
I’ve always been a very sarcastic person, which most of the time is completely noticeable when I’m talking to someone, but over the Internet, all text has the almost the same inflection (I say almost because ALL CAPITALS TENDS TO MEAN YELLING while italics make it seem like what you’re saying is extra special). Van Dijk wrote about this idea, saying that although new media may try to be just as efficient or as similar to face-to-face communication, it still has not been able to fully recreate in-person communication.
Personally, the closest I think new media technology has gotten to mimicking face-to-face communication is through FaceTime on the iPhone, although I do not think that FaceTime allows to all types of in-person communication signals be seen, such as what a person is doing with their hands, how they are sitting or standing, etc.
Do you think it will ever be possible for there to be a type of technology of new media that allows users to have the same type of satisfaction as face-to-face communication? Do you think people nowadays prefer non-face-to-face communication, such as texting or phone calls? Why or why not?