Is Technology Taking Your Life as Well?
Fifteen years ago, we were connecting to the internet to send an important email and that meant that everyone at home had to stop using the phone. Then you could clearly hear the annoying tone of your dial-up connection.
Broadband connections have evolved since, from the simple Dial Up connection to Digital Subscriber Line and even Fiber-optic, cable and also satellite. Not only has the speed of today’s internet connection gotten better and faster, we are now connected all the time. We are connected everywhere.
Whether you are fumbling through your phone outside a coffee shop, when you commute to work, when you’re in the pub, even when you go out to enjoy the nature you have your smartphone with you. We are connected all the time.
It does not matter if you are trying to desperately see the latest upload of your friends on social media or some professional dreadfully checking your sent items to make sure your report was sent on time, we always have a reason to stay connected. With the continuous launch of smartphones, tablets and even a smart watch, technology doesn’t seem to want to stop.
The constant advancement in technology not only heightens man’s need to stay connected but at the same time solidifies being apart from those and what matter most.
A year ago, I wrote an article Smartphones Are Part Of Our Lives and I wasn’t thinking that technology is affecting our life as much as it appears to be.
As beneficial as the internet age could be for man, it at the same time could be a double-edged sword by the numerous disadvantages it poses, like ruining your life in the process.
Dr John Sharry recently said to Irish Mirror that People are spending more time online and less with their partner.
As humans adhere to being connected as natural as breathing, many still believe that switching off their phones, gadgets and handheld to spend actual time with those that matter to them is far more satisfying than just having to do facetime with someone who lives in the same house as you do. Some families this day have practiced putting their phones into dinner baskets and keeping it away till after dinner to ensure the quality time spent with everyone at the table. Even at work places, mobile phones and devices are prohibited from entering the workplace unless it’s required as a form of communication with upper management. Otherwise, these are surrendered even before heading to the work place.
The risk of allowing technology to take over the course of one’s life can be a silent killer to any existing relationship. Whether this is with your parents, siblings or friends down to your significant other or mate. The time allotted to thumbing through your screen as opposed to creating a conversation in all its physical form is now exchanged for the ties built around technology. By giving up the actual bond that is formed through communication in its truest form, humans have now substituted their bond as an artificial link of being attached to someone through their social media posts or their text messages.
Irish telecom eir recently published their research where they have discovered that 57% of the people said they would talk more to other people, if the internet didn’t exist.
The sad thing about technology nowadays is the more companies upgrade their latest technology, the more it takes away the real essence of building and strengthening a relationship. If you have noticed that this is happening to you, maybe it would be nice to go back to a little of the basics, when face to face communication gets things across clearer and bonds are made tighter. Not to totally isolate yourself from everyone else on social media, but simply allow more time for the actual presence of communicating than the artificial presence of something brought about by technology.