Technology and Human Relationships

“There is unquestionably a contradiction between an efficient technological machine and the flowering of human nature, of the human personality.” -Arthur Miller

I was recently sitting in a popular local coffee shop so that I could get some work done away from the office. It dawned on me, as I typed an e-mail, that I was working there so as to isolate myself for the purpose of uninterrupted work time. The recognized irony of this is that I was “isolated” in a room full of people. As I glanced around the room, I noticed that there were people talking on cell phones, texting, checking a Facebook status or twitter feed, or sitting silently alone. Sure, there were a couple of people in real human interactions, but for the majority of people (myself included) all interaction was through a virtual world. I guess to add to the irony, I am sharing my reflections via a virtual posting, which is likely to be read by very few people. My point is this. Through the wonderful magic of technology, we are able to connect with others in ways that were never before possible. However, are people becoming less likely to engage in actual “in the flesh” relationships in favor of virtual ones? I see this with my own children too. At times, they have to be reminded not to place something such as a phone-text chat at a greater importance than a live conversation they are having. I cannot help but wonder how the increased use of technology is shaping human relationships and the ability for people to socialize in real time face-to-face interactions. I by no means am anti-technology and truly think it is a wonderful tool. I also have a new inspiration to increase my engagement of live people more often.

4 thoughts on “Technology and Human Relationships

    1. Deborah,

      That would be lovely. I know that both of our schedules can be quite busy, but let’s find a time!

  1. Being of a younger generation and a college student, I see this ALL the time. With many young people they seem to check it ever 10 seconds or so. It also seems to me that many women are more susceptible to this then men. It must be because being social is more important to a lot of women then to men. There are some times when it really annoys me that people are always on their phone but what can I do? The thing I don’t get is when you see these people on their phone all the time and when you text them they never seem to respond. In a sense, people are distancing themselves a lot more then they think they are.

    1. Okan,

      Thanks for your response. You ask yourself a good question. “What can I do?” While you may not be able to change everyone around you, by asking yourself this question you can engage the situation. Only move forward and engage others with example of connected human relationships. This can help. Keep up your great work in school!

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