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Technology leads to lack of personal relationships

October 12, 2010

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Brittney Bennett, Staff Writer

Walk into any crowded place on any given day and take a look around. Chances are, you will see a majority of those people consumed by some form of technology; and, most of those people, in their technical oblivion are too busy to focus on their surroundings.

To me, the excess of technology in our everyday lives has led modern interpersonal communication to be severely lacking. Instead of enjoying the company of those around us, and being genuinely interested in what they have to say, we are too busy texting, reading e-mails or some other frivolous fidgeting with gadgets. Even our everyday interactions with one another have deteriorated because of compulsive multi-tasking and pseudo-ADD behavior that technology has brought upon us.

Seriously, think about the last time you were on your way to work or class. Most likely, you passed more than one person you knew—did you even make eye contact with them? If they happened to ask you how you were doing, you probably mumbled a quick “okay, what about you,” and were well out of earshot by the time they answered. But, no one ever seems to do anything about this seemingly apathetic attitude we have for one another. And, I too am guilty of this, it is almost second nature; but lately, this topic of real interpersonal connection has made me more aware of my actions.

Another example of how everyday over-use of technology really pisses me off is when you are in the middle of what you think is a genuine conversation with someone, then you realize half-way through that the conversation is purely one-sided. This is due to the fact that they are more interested in whatever text message they have just received. It is completely rude; seriously, are you in such a need to stay connected with your phone that you cannot take five minutes to talk face-to-face with a comrade?

Not only has the increase of smart-phones, multitasking cellular devices and the like, disrupted the ability for face-to-face communication, but also the mass use of social networking sites as a form of “communication.” Now, social networking is fine as a way to stay in contact with distant friends and relatives and keep track of business contacts, or what have you. But, it seems as more and more people become “connected” by these websites, the connections to the real-world and ability to function naturally within society start to decay.

Even for just one day, I would love to walk out among my peers and see face-to-face communication everywhere—no cell phones, laptops or any other technology in sight. But, alas, this is the age of technology and I believe that dream has far-passed its expiration.

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