Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are just like other people, they have jobs, drive cars, they rely on technology for communication significantly. In the United States, video relay services and an array of freestanding and software driven video phones are often used by deaf people to conduct telephonic communication with hearing and deaf businesses family and friends. Devices such as the Video Phone, an electronic device used for communication are common but are used by some deaf people who have a preference for this method for their telephonic communication.
Social media tends to be of great importance to deaf individuals. Networking sites allow the deaf to find each other and to remain in contact. Many deaf people have deaf friends throughout the entire country that they met or maintain contact with through online communities. Because the deaf community is so small, for many deaf people, the stigma of meeting others online does not exist.
Closed Captioning must be available on a television in order for a deaf person to fully appreciate the audio portion of the broadcast. Conflicts arise when establishments such as restaurants, airlines, or fitness centers fail to accommodate deaf people by turning on Closed Captioning. Movie theaters are increasingly compliant with providing visual access to first-run movies through stand-alone devices, glasses and open caption technology which allow deaf people to attend movies as they are released.