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Does technology really provide us the real connection?

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Today people use technology to connect more often than the face-to-face connection. People are lonely and at the same time afraid of actually of doing anything about it because they lack interpersonal communication skills. They spend hours in the virtual world rather than focus on the real world around them.

In fact, Global web index polled 170,000 internet users about their internet habits, and found that average usage times for social media sites rose from 1.66 hours per day in 2013 to 1.72 hours per day in 2014. Micro-blogging, which includes Twitter, is also up slightly to 0.81 hours per day, and now accounts for about 13 percent of total time spent online.

 

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Does technology really provide us the real connection? With technology, we don’t need to see friends face-to-face in the same place. We don’t need to talk with them, just text. We focus more on the messages from our Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, etc rather than the word from our friends and families next to us.

There’s something intangibly real and valuable about talking with someone face to face. This is significant for friends, partners, potential employers, and other recurring people that make up your everyday world. That person becomes an important existing human connection, not just someone whose disembodied text voice pops up on your cell phone, iPad or computer screen.

While technology has allowed us some means of social connection that would have never been possible before, and has allowed us to maintain long-distance friendships that would have otherwise probably fallen by the wayside, the fact remains that it is causing ourselves to spread ourselves too thin, as well as slowly ruining the quality of social interaction that we all need as human beings.

It seems we have more extended connections than ever in this digital world. The sad fact of the matter is that most of us don’t. It’s too hard to keep up with 1000 friends, let alone 200. At that point, do we even remember their names? We need to start prizing the meaning of quality in our connections, not sheer quantity

We cannot deny the positive effect the technology has for us and we are still enjoying this. What we should do is not to let it develop in the wrong direction. We really need to reconsider the effect the technology bring about and how to use it to create a better world.

Please watch the short video below, i look forward to reading your feedback

 

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One thought on “Does technology really provide us the real connection?

  1. Well put. Another disadvantage of communicating online is that people can have a hard time trying to express the tone they want to and if others will interpret the tone the very same way. On my adventures in surfing the web I’ve come across a lot of arguments between people over the tone one or the other expressed in conversation. This issue raises the tension if its somebody who works for or is in charge of a business; a very questionable statement with a very questionable tone can really effect the business or product they represent.

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