Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. A little

  4. Somewhat

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  1. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter Loitering from 2009 - 2018

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    A more light hearted topic, where hopefully people can't feel attacked, nor can people get defensive and/or upset.

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  2. wanderingmagus

    wanderingmagus King Anakin's Royal Advisor, Constantly Around :D

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    I think it depends entirely on how the technology is used - and also on which technology we're talking about. In general, technology has allowed us to meet people from all over the world, travel vast distances to meet with people in person, and express ourselves in ways we couldn't before. It's helped a lot of us, especially those of us who aren't very social in real life, to share our thoughts and feelings with like-minded people we'd have never otherwise have met, make friendships and happy memories together that we couldn't have in person because we're too shy, have physical ailments, body image issues, or are socially awkward.

    On the other hand, it also makes it increasingly easier for those without said problems to develop those problems when they don't have to. Young and healthy children, rather than socializing and learning how not to become antisocial, are left to their own devices with a tablet in one hand and a smartphone in the other. Elders are left alone with a tablet they don't know how to use, or visited less often simply because a telephone call seems to get checked off the mental list as a "visit". People seem to be dissuaded from even looking other people in the eyes, acknowledging others in the street, or talking with their neighbors when waiting in line or sitting down somewhere - which is ideal if you're antisocial to begin with, but seems to be creating antisocial behavior in people who otherwise wouldn't have such problems.

    In summary, I think it depends on the technology and the society. If there's a strong emphasis on putting the phone down at the dinner table, greeting others physically, making eye contact, etc, then technology can be a wonderful method for bringing people together, coordinating meetups and events, facilitating transportation, etc. Absent this, however, it can also drive us apart. Hence, my vote of "a little".
     
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  3. Kakashi

    Kakashi Call me Deacon Blues

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    Yes. It holds a world of knowledge and possibility, but ultimately, in reality makes our lives worse. That's my opinion.
     
  4. RayCaptain

    RayCaptain Sojourning Traveler

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    Both of the above. I'm generally oppossed to anything social media flavored.

    Technology, in general, allows us faster access to one another. Cars, phones, the internet. But it also leads us to, in my opinion, invest less in our relationships or overextend.

    Honestly, Magus said it very well.
     
  5. Tamago

    Tamago Lord-Commander of Anakin's Kingsguard

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    Somewhat, I believe it might.
    Magus has hit the important points, from my point of view.

    It's very important how we choose to use this technology. For my part, I tend to be reckless with it at times and spend too much time on the internet. It's not healthy, especially when I use it randomly and certainly not for information gathering or any type of knowledge, and not even socialising. I just love the internet to a fault -I suppose I am addicted to it. But it has helped me a great deal to grow as a human being, that I will admit -and even socially, though it might surprise one. I've never been very social, but I've made a lot of friends through the internet, and it had helped me in many situations. For instance, the friend I trust most in this world and with whom I resonate the best, I've met over the internet years ago, on a Romanian forum! Of course, we've met IRL and all that afterwards, but it was thanks to those endless hours that I browsed and surfed that I got to meet her. And forums communities in general have helped in many ways -I won't go into detail now. It's also made me crave for social, human, IRL gatherings from now and then, which I usually didn't like to begin with. I am a little addicted, though, I must admit. I am not a good example.

    But I think what gives on a really bad initiative and influence is on the children/youngsters who aren't educated rightly on how to use the internet and technology in general. Whether it's playing too many video games or whatever, it has a very negative effect. And it makes them more alone, I believe. I've seen many kids preferring to play video games than talk and play with other children. And what's more, they behave in such a way that I believe is not healthy for it. I'd say that at that age it's best for them to play outside and socialise and learn how to be with others. It can have a really bad effect, technology, if used too much and inappropriately. It's all about finding a balance, I think.
     
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  6. Rannveig

    Rannveig Would Be Fantasy Hero

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    At a restaurant. A group of eight at a table. Are they alone? They are physically together but are not emotionally or intellectually as they are all held in thrall by their smartphones. Of course one might say that they are not alone but electronically connected to others. But technology empowers the ability to ignore current surroundings and people in favor of something else. One would say it greatly empowers instant gratification where there is less impetus to work at connecting with what is at hand.