Edited By Corina Daba-Buzoianu, Hasan Arslan and Mehmet Ali Icbay
Communicative Ecology and Digital Environment (Analyses on the Effects and Barriers of Interpersonal Communication)
Ecology is known as a scientific discipline, which refers to the interactions and relations of the living based upon their extrinsic characteristics, and which is used to classify them. Communicative/communication ecology, a concept that emerged in the 1970s, refers to the frequency of preference of one communication instrument over another and to the relation established by an individual between these two communication instruments. The fact that an individual prefers a certain communication instrument over another gives us information about the lifestyle and communication behaviours of that individual. The relationship between communication ecology and the digital environment is a phenomenon that belongs to the new communication age. The rapid self-perpetuation of new communication technologies brings along ever-changing communication channels and new communication styles. The use of different communication channels, which emerged with new communication technologies, may create positive results in efficiency of interpersonal communication, but it may also cause negative results in terms of communication barriers.
Communication ecology appears as a result of the adaptation of the concept of ecology into communication. This term refers to giving a meaning to the distribution of various communication types and resources in a geographical region or in a society, which lives in a certain settlement on a macro scale, the communication channels, and the relationships among communication types. For example, the relationship between the time spent listening to the radio at home by a housewife and her frequency of going to a concert...