Formative Assessment 2: READ: Social interactions across media : Interpersonal relationship on the internet , telephone , and face - to - face by Baym , N., Xhang , Y., Lin , M. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/47503655_Social_Interactions_Across_Media Answer the following questions: 1. Describe the communication characteristics of one of your personal experiences that might be comparable to situation/s contained in the above material you read. Before the pandemic started, we still lived the same life but minus all the social interactions, gatherings, and travels with our friends and families; we lived with our phones in our hands and our minds connected virtually. I can say that I was very much updated with what was happening around me because of the posts I see online. Therefore, I was more connected with my friends and loved ones because even when we’re not seeing each other, we could still talk through social media apps like Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Even though I look like someone who has lived in the online world and can’t live with my phone, which is true, I have always attended birthdays, hangout with friends and families, and joined activities like funruns and team buildings. Based on the research, it was found that internet user spends three times more attending social events than non-users (Robinsons et al., 2002). I think the reason why internet users are more attending because they engage in online interactions that leads to real-time socializing. It’s fun to meet people you met online and see them in person because it gives the feeling of excitement and the anticipation you have been waiting for a long time. 2. How do communication technologies affect your behavior, attitude, values, awareness, perceptions, habits, skills, practices, and personality? Explain each of the listed factors. • Definition Communication technology is the transfer of messages through the use technology such as our phones, tablets, and laptops that are connected through the internet. The internet is what allows us to communicate with each other through an online platform. However, with this type of communication, there are fewer physical interactions in comparison to face-to-face and telephone communications. According to the research, it is considered that face-to-face is the most popular means of communication. People are more inclined to use it since we can physically connect with each other. In telephone communications, according to the research, the students are augmenting their high-quality face-toface and phone chats with excellent internet interactions. This is why most interactions are either done face-to-face or through phone calls. • Platforms For the online communication, there are various platforms that you can use to engage conversations with other people. People use gadgets to be able to talk with people whom they please. Although we are not sure how sincere or genuine people are when talking online, it still satisfies the meaning of online communication which is to transfer and deliver messages on an online platform. Face-to-face interactions on the other hand, doesn’t need any platform for you to do it. You just need a person who can physically interact with you such as you friends, family, acquaintances, or even professionals. Lastly, for telephone communication, they need a phone in in order to call other people. As time progresses, advancements in technologies have taken place and people now use it as a substitute to telephones. • Pros and Cons For the pros of face-to-face interaction, we tend to connect easily with the people we are talking to as we try and communicate with our body and gestures. This allows us to build genuine relationships with them. The only downside of this is that everyone is not available at all times and sometimes meeting up on a place is dangerous because of the risk that the environment poses. As for online interactions, we have a much more efficient way of communicating with other people. With the help of the technological advancements, we can utilize this to contact and connect with people even overseas. As for its cons, we are not really sure if they are being true or sincere about what they are trying to tell us. Lastly, telephone communication is quite similar to online interactions; it’s just that through this, we can hear their actual voices talking over the phone. However, we still cannot see how they act when we talk to them and non-verbal communication is just as important as communicating verbally.