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Is technology creating a superficial reality?

As the human population is growing, it is becoming more and more technologically advanced. Yet, our growing technology is a cause for concern because we are slowly becoming more and more detached from reality. Ironically, the very technology that is supposed to connect us to each other is pushing us further and further away from each other. Take Facebook, for example. It is true that Facebook connects people from across the world. It brings us closer to acquaintances, friends, and family. But, most people aren’t who they really are on Facebook. For some, the sole goal is to get the most “likes” on a status or picture. So then, are we truly more connected to each other, even if that connection comes at the cost of changing ourselves? Is the overabundance of technology making us lose the sight of reality as we create cyber-personas to satisfy our need of wanting to change ourselves? Simple, is technology creating a superficial reality?

  • Mar 9 2013: I don't think the goal of Facebook is to represent your whole personality. At least personally, I think the purpose of Facebook, like you said, is to stay connected with people, share photos, etc.

    I think it is human nature to alter how we portray ourselves to other people, whether that's online or in person. I think the extent of this alteration is relatively the same regardless of whether or not Facebook or technology is involved.

    So ultimately, I think that changing yourself to others is not a product of technology, but of human nature. Also, I don't think anyone truly changes themselves, but rather alters their persona depending on who they're around or if they're on Facebook or using some other social media. At the end of the day, we are who we are.
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    Mar 9 2013: Yes, technology is creating a different reality; which may be based on lies and which may be true, depending on the individual.
    There are many people who have assumed different identities and personalities on the social networks, there are fraudsters, rapists and other criminal minds masqurading and decent and lovely individuals.
    This is not strange; it is the technological equivalence of pretense, masks or disguise.
  • Mar 9 2013: You mean even more superficial than TV and the consumer culture? Is that possible?
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    Mar 9 2013: With every new innovation their are cultural hiccups. It won't be long before things become more connected again. There are people working on solutions as we think. If you want to be a part of the solution, it will move quicker.
  • Mar 9 2013: Reality is always a threat. Being detached from how we get water and food will eventually become a problem.
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    Mar 9 2013: .
    Yes !

    It is because human has an ultra-high accuracy
    (more accurate than 1/70 billions at least) ,
    which can never be satisfied by today's high tech !
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    (For ultra-high accuracy, see the 1st article, point 11 at
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents).