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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Tele-cocooning Effect

Not only has it changed the mode of communication after its invention, mobile phones have transmuted in length and breadth, the manner in which people behave and act. And aptly, in this 21st century where the gear of our life is constantly driven by the hands of the technology, mobile phones have practically appeared to be one of the vital organs that sustain our life. Be it for good or bad, it is one entity that compels every one of us to earmark in our priority list as a necessity and inevitability.  
Thanks to Martin Cooper who unveiled the first ever prototype of handheld mobile in 1973. Life has rather been easy thereafter. Communication has been swift and speedy. People afar are bridged to bring it much closer. And not to mention, in the places where there is good network receptivity, it is a synonym to a walking dictionary. Through that small window of its monitor, we can access the larger part of the whole world.
"A Node Glows in the Dark" by Brian Yen, who won the 2014 National Geographic's Annual Photography Contest will receive $10,000 and a trip to Magazine's headquarter in Washington D.C.  
Nevertheless, according to the tune of the changing times, the use of mobile phones have also made a parallel paradigm shift.
People have been prone to a habit of crafting a world of make-believe. That a person who holds a mobile phone near the auricle, today, is a sign of being engaged or busy. Whether one has a work to do with the help of a mobile phone or not, even in the genuine gathering, it has to be cuddled from various angles to escape that entire length of time. In the process, the social circumference that is expected to enlarge, is often jeopardized to minimize and shrink. To pronounce this phenomenon, the researchers based in the U.S by the names Scott Campbell and Nojin Kwak terms it as the “Tele-cocooning” effect. Because of this occurrence, they fear that the habitual cell phone users are less likely to talk with the strangers in any kind of social setting thereby risking the interpersonal interactions to be useless and redundant. With the number of mobile users swelling even in our country, the marathon of this trend is possible and unavoidable.
But as asserted in the study, “The technology itself is not good or bad. It is how it’s used and who it’s used with.”
“Communication- the human connection- is the key to personal and career success” – Paul J. Meyer


  1. Another really interesting post, Dumcho!
    I have to admit to being increasingly dependent upon my mobile phone...but you are so right when you say it is having a detrimental effect on face-to-face communication with other people.
    When I socialize, I try to leave mine in my bag and switched off (so it is only there for emergencies). But all around me, I see couples hardly acknowledging each other at all...because they are too busy either making calls, or texting, on their phones!
    It is a sad state of affairs, isn't it?

    Have a Great Week! :)

    1. It's true Ygraine. I don't say that I am not doing too but I am feeling more susceptible to it.

  2. Well said Damcho sir. When people were communicating through phone, they are simply ignoring the conversation with the people near by them.

    1. Yes Norbu sir, I felt more vulnerable to this effect. So I wrote it. Thanks for reading it.



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