NCSU COM 112 - COM 112 Chapter 1 (26 pages)

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North Carolina State University
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Com 112 - Interpersonal Communication

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Chapter 1 About Communication Chapter 1 Sections 1 Why We Communicate Asking why we communicate may seem about as useful as asking why we breathe After all could you imagine your life without communication We all have times of course when we prefer to be alone Nevertheless most of us would find it nearly impossible and very unsatisfying to go through life without the chance to interact with others Perhaps that s why we spend so much of our time communicating whether face to face or electronically see Table 1 1 TABLE 1 1 Life Online Communicating in Cyberspace 18 Number of hours per week the average American spends on the Internet 87 Percentage of American teenagers who sleep with or next to their cell phone 357 Number of text messages the average American sends per month 600 Number of tweets sent per second 141 000 000 247 000 000 000 Number of active blogs online Average number of e mail messages sent per day Sources Nielsen Company Pew Research Center Twitterblog Blogpulse Statistics are from May 2010 You might think that communicating as much as we do would make us all communication experts In truth however we often don t recognize how many communication challenges we face Learning to overcome those challenges starts with appreciating why we communicate in the first place As we ll discover in this section communication touches many aspects of our lives from our physical and other everyday needs to our experiences with relationships spirituality and identity Communication Meets Physical Needs Communication keeps us healthy Human beings are such inherently social beings that when we are denied the opportunity for interaction our mental and physical health can suffer That is a major reason why solitary confinement is such a harsh punishment Several studies have shown that when people are cut off from others for an extended period their health can quickly deteriorate 1 Similarly individuals who feel socially isolated because of poverty homelessness mental illness or



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