Technology. For better or worse, it is here to stay. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. I never really said to myself “hmm I’d rather be reading a book or go bowling” while scrolling through my social media platforms. However the real topic at hand, is that technology may be distancing us away from true human interaction. For example, if a friend goes on 3 week vacation, when they come back and start verbally sharing their adventures, our typical response is: “Yea, Yea I saw the pictures” as if you were there, with them, every second of the trip.
It just seems very prevalent that, not in just one area, but all over the world, people are having less and less personal interaction. One of the reasons is obviously social media. We all feel as though we don’t really need to make the effort to meet up with someone, since we see their lives constantly online. However it is more than that. Social media can also be distracting; as if there is some social A.D.D. in our collective conscious saying “I could find something better to do”. I am not going to lie, I have had that thought from time to time. Recently however, my attitude has changed a little and I want to cherish the time I spend with people.
Back in the day, if your friend Todd called your landline, attempting to make plans with you at four O’ clock that afternoon, you’d run to the chorded phone and be like “Hellooooo, who must this be?” In those long gone days, you had to set a specific time and place if you wanted to meet up with your in-person social network. If Todd didn’t show up until after 4:30, you’d be sitting there thinking he was dead. Which at that point, was the only excuse to be late. In today’s World, it’s like “I was reviewing this really convincing dating website and I did like 8 surveys so I’m too tired to drive”. Of course you respond with: “The car drives itself, it’s physically impossible to be that tired Kyle. But thanks for sharing your interpersonal and relationship inadequacies with me.”
Social media really has its pros and cons, there’s honestly too many to review in this short Blog post. On the positive side, Social media may be utilized by Law Enforcement to catch criminals or identify individuals abusing drugs. Depending on which side of the Legal system you reside, that’s a good thing. Another positive aspect of Social Media is that persons who check Facebook two or more times a day are more likely to vote (2010 statistic). In a World where many young individuals don’t care about their leadership, that is pretty cool.
On the other hand, the lack of personal interaction, is something we all need to work on, to close the distance between us as humans. There is inherent value to good old fashioned personal time with close friends and family. Choose wisely, to utilize the wonderful technology we have been granted in our modern society, at the appropriate time and place.