The question, “Is technology truly bringing people closer together or breaking them apart?” is as old as the hills. We have all seen signs of technology eroding the borders between personal computers and home stereos. We have also seen technological advancements brought people together in social settings such as at a coffee shop or a party.
As these developments continue, we will likely continue to ask,
“Is technology truly bringing people closer together or breaking them apart?”
The answer depends on how we look at the world and what we think it means to be human.
Is technology really making people smarter?
In some sense, without technology we would not be able to understand most anything about the world and the people who inhabit it and the greatest inventions of all time have been the result of someone coming up with an idea and working to create a practical application for it.
In other words, without technology, many of today’s conveniences would not exist. Without the Internet, email would not be a thing many people take for granted.
Is technology truly creating social awareness?
One of the biggest fears about the Internet and the computer is that people are becoming too dependent on it for everyday life. There is a danger that people think they are so connected to the Internet that they no longer interact with those around them in person.
For instance, many people use their cell phones or handheld computers to log onto social networking websites or check their e-mails. This is one danger because there is little anyone can do to stop that person from checking his or her e-mails in the middle of a crowded park.
Is technology making people happier?
Many people say they are more satisfied with their lives after having introduced the Internet to them. In fact, this has been the claim by many researchers who have study why people are happier after using various communication technologies.
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been cited as having a positive influence on people’s emotional well-being. However, it is also possible that these same media websites lead people into isolating themselves. Which in turn causes them to become unhappy and frustrated.
Is technology making people more organized?
People are sometimes accuse of being too digital in their relationships. Because they do not want to face the office or the grocery store anymore. On the other hand, this argument could also be used to argue. Against the notion that technology is causing people to be more unified. Or that they are closer together than ever before.
Is technology making people more productive? Before the advent of social networking sites such as Facebook, people rarely spent hours upon hours conversing with others online. These days, people can spend hours in front of their computers conversing with friends and family online. Or even communicating with their employers via email and social media.
While some argue that these types of technologies actually make people less productive. Because they force them to divide their time between their many online social networking accounts. Others counter that these technologies make people more productive. Because it allows them to get more done in a shorter period of time.
Is technology making people happier?
There have been many studies conducted to determine if the technology does. In fact, bring people closer together or drive them apart. One study that was carried out at the National Academy of Sciences found. That most people fall into one of two categories.
Those who feel that technology drives loneliness and that social interaction is a key to happiness. And those who feel that technology helps them to be socially interactive. And that social interaction is not a key to happiness.
The real question then becomes, “Is technology really changing the world?”
What we know for a fact is that people are spending more time online. Some of that time is spent on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook where they interact with others. However, other online time is spent doing things such as watching television and exercising the brain. So, is technology really changing the world. Or is this new technology just another fad that will be popular for a short period of time?