Is Working Towards Connection, Splitting Us Apart?

We’ve become so dependent on technology, that we give a blind eye to the negative effects of it. Yes, the world has become so advanced due to technology and now all information sources are as close to one’s fingertips. It is most certainly providing us with uncountable ways of connecting, networking, making friends, and preaching our opinions. However, through this process, have we ever looked back to see how it is separating us and leaving us more lonely than ever?

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No need to deny this, because it’s true. Today, one is so busy with connecting online, that we don’t realize than in reality, we’re sitting alone on our phones. We don’t realize that we’re not actually with our friends, but rather only with a simple metal object that we’ve made our life source.

Why is it that we don’t come face to face with people and start conversations and feel more comfortable with talking on social media platforms? Why is it that we rather text our friends and ask for what we have for homework instead of asking them at school? And why is it that whenever we’re alone, our hands automatically reach for our phones, so that we don’t seem alone. We know the answers but choose not admit them, because it would make them true.

We really need to take a step back and try to reconnect with those surrounding us and value our time with them more. Because why talk to someone through a device, when we can easily have a more intriguing conversation with the same people face to face.

Like how Eeman said, in her very well put blog post about the world of technology, she too has noticed that in her world of books and galore, technology has made its way in as well.

There were actually times when my friends and I were all sitting together, but none of us were talking, I had my book out, silently reading on my own, and the rest of my friends had their phones pulled out, and were on Facebook, or Snapchat. So basically we were all together, sitting in the same place, but not even looking at each other, or saying a word to one another ~Eeman

It actually is really heartbreaking that we’re not doing anything to stop ourselves from being completely alone. The time is coming fast, and in the near future, I can see for us to have no need to even speak. Technology will do everything for us, and we’ll sit there interacting with robots.

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In a TEDtalk, by “Sherry Turkle: Connected, But Alone” she starts off talking about how her daughter texted her saying “Good Luck”, and that it gave her a warm feeling, however leaving a hole in her heart. Because of technology, there was no need to say the same thing face to face, even though it would feel so much better.

The video really opens eyes to our current situation. It gives us an idea about how bad our dependency has become. Whether we accept it or not technology is splitting us apart and leaving us ALL to be alone together.

Today’s the day, if we unplug from technology starting now, our futures will be brighter, our lives will be simpler, and our friendships and relationships with others will be stronger.  Let’s make a move before it’s too late, before we lose everyone in the race of finding more friends. Let’s not have a lonely future set up for ourselves. Let’s change, and let’s do it now.

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4 Replies to “Is Working Towards Connection, Splitting Us Apart?”

  1. What if her daughter sent the text because she was in a different city so she couldn’t say it face to face? Maybe she should have called. But what if she was at school or in the library and a text message was much quicker and less disruptive than a call?

    I think that technology offers us a lot of benefits that we didn’t have before like texting, facetiming and emailing. Those have advantages and disadvantages and I don’t think that one outweighs the other unless we have a lack of balance between face to face and online communication.

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    1. It is undoubtedly true that at times, technology seems to be our only choice and that without it, we barely connect at all. I understand and slightly agree with your opinion, I too feel as though if it weren’t for technology I would not be connecting with those who are not in my reach. I agree with you on the fact that what we need is balance, and that we don’t need to choose between the two, but should rather use both equally.

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  2. Hey Mantaqua, I agree with you on the fact that technology has helped us so much that we forget about the negative effects of it. It has made things so much easier for us that we sometimes forget that even technology has its cons. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Maryam, thank you for expressing your opinion. This truly is a very controversial topic and there are many with varying opinions. I feel as though maybe I wish to be at middle grounds, however. What do you think?

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