When we try to understand the view point of others social interactions can be a good thing. Every one has their own view on things based on their attitude, understanding and previous exposure to the subject matter.Many have argued that social interaction today has become less enjoyable because of technology and more so because others try to change our viewpoint, they want us to see and experience the world in their eyes.
Today technology has changed the way we interact with each other, it has had an impact on what it means to be social. In an society where people have become tech-savvy, where smartphones have taken over and where family and friends have often become geographically separated, it is convenient to keep in touch through technology.
We come from an era where sharing ideas and holding deep conversations about our dreams and day to day life issues with family and friends was a common occurrence and the world today has become more silent. There are less voices speaking in society and more conversations are held online. Technological advances have caused us to be distracted, overly stressed and increasingly isolated. Even though technology has the power to help us gain an understanding of other cultures, meet people all over the world, build, maintain and strengthen family relationships and communicate effectively with others, it seemingly is doing the opposite. People sitting together in a room today only share a few words between each other and yet are very socially active on social media platforms online. More conversations today are taking place in cyber space and not in the real world.
Establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships is dependent on us sharing our lives with others. Of course technology has made this a lot easier especially when keeping in touch with friends and relatives who are miles apart from each other, the problem comes when we forget sharing with those that are right next to us. Relationships have been broken and the main culprit cited being mobile phones and many hours spent on social media. The internet is an addictive space, there is a lot to see and a lot to share which takes a lot of time from our hands from doing the most important thing in life – to LIVE and to EXPLORE the planet. We are transforming from spending time with our loved ones and holding meaning conversations with them to living pretentious lives on the internet.
The use of social networking sites has both positive and negative consequences, and in my viewpoint, more negative than good. The question we need to be asking ourselves is, is it possible to go back to a time when we had meaningful and productive interactions with each other?