V Raj
  • V Raj
  • New Delhi , Delhi
  • India

Project Co-ordinator / Manager, UNICET - IEE

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Aren’t All the Technological Innovations slowly destroying our ability to connect to people on an emotional - personal level?

Thanks to Internet - Mobile Phones etc. people now know more people than they did when all these things were not invented but then knowing thoese less number of people gave them the satisfaction of KNOWING THEM.

Now instead of making a conscious effort to meet we use these gadgets to communicate thus closing ourselves into our own cocoons and by using these gadgets isn’t the generations of today and tomorrow alienating themselves from sharing real emotions.

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    Oct 14 2011: Hi Fellas..

    Now that’s what my point exactly.. As to where are we actually heading? Aren’t the technological innovations – latest devices distancing us from others and ourselves. As Vivek very rightly said nowadays we try to perceive a person from his/her online activities. We generally declare somebody dumb or brilliant on the basis of their online sharing, which can be considered a dangerous trend for basic human interactions and psychology AND isn't that scary.. are we seeing the future - A world filled with people devoid of emotions?
  • Oct 13 2011: Yes.
    We're losing the ability to make eye contact, shake hands, etc..
    This disconnects us from each other (though we're actually connected, haha).
  • Oct 13 2011: Yes. Prime example....you get a new phone or don't have your on you. How do you contact person X without their number? You dont know it. Of course we can call home or if someone has an easy to remember email we can do that but slowly we have become more dependant on the technology and this is where things are trending to. Its almost like we are robots and our gadgets are like our "SIM Cards". when your gadgets aren't working you are temporarily disabled, or operating is in handicapped state.

    Think about kids and social skills now. Their relationships are driven by whether they have friended or unfriended, cyberbullied, or are following someone (twitter). And this is just in one generation. No! every kid under 20 is not a social neanderthal but the number is increasing. Image 100 years from now when all the people who would start or engage in topics like this are dead.

    I think the bulk of our relationships will be reserved for close friends and family. Which is now even suffering. Think... we spend thousands in daycare each year for our kids so we can work and have things yet we arent embracing the family relationships like we should so at this rate, the average family in 2011 (even with daycare) will be comepletely redefined by the year 2111. Think thats bananas? Back up to family time 100 years ago.

    Eventually we will be able to order food without a person bringing it to us, we won't have to say hello to the mail lady, our IT people will fix problems from other parts of the world, think about what we do now that could someday be automated......its scary! or at least scary now to us neanderthals. Later civilizations will look back and wonder why we ever tolderated snail mail and the primitive technology that we have accepted as high tech. Think back to technology 100 years ago. Now think forward 100 years. We can only dream of what will be here and what technology will be like.
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    Oct 13 2011: Quite honest question; last decade has seen this trend and there is no doubt we are loosing human touch. Our brain patterns and understanding is also changing the similar way. Just a simple example to this, nowadays we try to perceive a person from his/her online activities. We generally declare somebody dumb or brilliant on the basis of their online sharing, which can be considered a dangerous trend for basic human interactions and psychology. But there does not seem any immediate solution to this alarming trend as it is like an addiction, which is about creating more bonds, increasing one's network, but certainly impacting Emotional Quotient of our Gen-X. The responsibility is on our generation, how well we segregate it and strike the balance by living in it and for coming generation, It will great if parents can understand this pattern in advance by taking time from their busy lives and guide their children accordingly.