Let me start off by saying that I am not completely opposed to technological advancement. However, I do feel that it would be much more beneficial in much smaller doses. As technology increases so does my concern for our children and adults alike.
An incident last week heightened my concern of communication breakdown not only within my household, but within the world as a whole. I was working, as I do every day from my home and everyone in my family knows that all interruptions are welcome. I heard the email notification and promptly checked my inbox as I was certain that it must be work related. Much to my surprise it was not work related at all. In fact, it was an email from my husband. Yes, my husband who was sitting not even 20 feet away! I was shocked to say the least when I saw in the subject line “Will you proofread this for me?” with a document attached. Why he decided to send an email rather than just walk into the room to ask me face-to-face to proofread a document for his work still has me befuddled.
Trust me; I know that my husband is not the only person who has fallen victim to this habit. I find that more and more people would rather spend time texting than actually having an in-person or over-the-phone conversation. I am hearing more and more “why should I call when I can just text you?” I find this to be a bit disturbing as people are becoming more desensitized. It is easy to play someone you are not and to say things that you would not normally say to someone while feeling protected behind a screen.
In this world of ever growing technology we have people who are losing sight of what is important. More children are following suit with Smartphones just texting away. What happens to social interaction, human connection? Why is it that those who would prefer to talk face-to-face or pick up a phone to hear someone’s voice are looked at as “behind the times?”
We have automated services over the telephone, texting and social networking. People chat all day long yet still feel sad and lonely. Speaking to someone in public now seems to be an odd and abnormal action. I fear an even larger disconnect than what is happening right before our very eyes.