"The power of modern devices lies in their ability to allow us to connect, but at the
same time, disconnect with each other. We now have more relationships online, but
at the same time, less relationships offline."
The advancements of technology have expanded incessantly over the years, resulting in
numerous social changes and consequences, be it positive or negative, on the general
lifestyles of humankind. This evolution, in turn, poses a vexed question of whether
technology is uniting us or tearing us apart. From my stance, it is paradoxically doing
both; but strictly speaking, I am convinced that technology divides humans to a greater
extent than it connects us.
One valid argument in favor of technology would be its promise of connectivity -- it is a
powerful tool to bring us closer together in today's fast
-paced world. Technology aids
have become so entrenched in societies that they allow us to access the same information,
expanding our networks and connecting people across the globe. It facilitates our ways
of communication, especially for those geographically far away from each other, as
messages can now be passed around with a click of a button thanks to platforms such as
Instagram, WhatsApp, or Facebook. Yet the chief potential of digital technology, above
all, is to stimulate citizen engagement with social issues and shape a stronger civil society.
A real-world example would be FixMyStreet, a national platform for UK citizens to file
reports to local authorities about problems in their neighborhood. To provide a common
platform on which everyone can put forward their proposals, such organizations have
succeeded in building connected communities.
Nevertheless, it could be contended that technology is moving us further apart in possibly
different manners. The first legitimately worrying concern would be interpersonal
relationships. Most conversations nowadays take place via social media as more people
have become overly reliant on their digital devices. The immediately concomitant result
is that communication skills and abilities to establish real-life contact are in marked
decline. In essence, this is because those who primarily use technology for
communication might have issues striking up a casual conversation with their friends due
to a lack of face-to-face interaction. By the same token, technology drives people to
distract from real life regularly; for example, some people are so engrossed in their
gadgets that they become incognizant of the ones surrounding them. Without realization,
these thumb-talkers have neglected their responsibilities and relationships with friends
and families. The longer-term implications of this include chances of communication
breakdown, broken relationships, and senses of isolation, hence creating wider gaps
between people within societies.
To conclude, technology overall gravitates towards driving us further away. But whether
technology is our greatest ally or the bane of our existence is still dependent upon one
decisive factor: you must recognize the inevitability of technological progress and its
seismic impacts, but at the same time decide how to utilize it for your own benefit.