The Role Of Technology In Our Personal Lives

Is technology bringing you closer to your loved ones or driving you further apart?

 
The Role Of Technology In Our Personal Lives
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Technology has become a part of us today, inevitably. Phones, laptops and television – the many forms of it, are all part of the one big package. As individuals, today, we live, breath and consume technology for most parts of our day. This electronic connectivity, while awesome, hasn’t come without a cost. We inspect.

Enables More “Sharing”

A group of friends laughing at your profile picture. Just kidding!
A group of friends laughing at your profile picture. Just kidding!

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The best aspect of digital media is that the quality of conversation has improved by 9% among technology-consumers. You can discuss mutual topics, share ‘memes’ or relative information on the click of a button. Transfer of knowledge, one may say. Spreading, sharing and talking online have brought the world closer. With regular peeks on the “likes” of your partner, you can easily find out what they find interesting and what their opinion is on certain subjects. And you’d be surprised. And technological entertainment is the most common way for a family to bond these days.

Takes Away From Your Quality Time

Shouldn’t she be on top of his lap right now. Why Laptop why?
Shouldn’t she be on top of his lap right now. Why Laptop why?

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The curse of continuous digital usage is that ‘technology’ might take up more room in your personal life and relationships than you would anticipate. In most cases, one doesn’t even realize how dependent one can be on their smart phones. For instance, how long can you stay without unlocking your phone on the sound of a notification? Not one second. The constant need to check your phone takes away your quality time with person you are accompanying. Think about it.

Helps Long Distance Relationships

That smile when you impromptu video call your sweetheart :’)
That smile when you impromptu video call your sweetheart :’)

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More than anything, this electronic advancement through the years has helped survive relationships the test of time and distance. This doesn’t limit to romantic relationships but also family or friends who don’t live in the same city. Keeping tabs on your loved ones on a daily basis or a video call every other day makes you feel like a real, although virtual, part of each other’s life. What a blessing it is to be able to connect with anyone regardless of where they are in the world with just an internet connection and a smart phone!

Keeps Us Updated On Our Loved Ones

Scrolling through the Facebook and Instagram, we can see which one of our friends recently got engaged or the pictures of your cousin’s scenic vacation. The age of social media is a boon in this sense, until over shared. It’s both funny and convenient how “like” and “comment” as a way of communication has replaced “meet” and “talk”. No relationship needs to go dormant now. Welcome to the era of social media relationships.

Merges Offline And Online Communities

Strangely, online friends are a new way of realizing our need to socialize.
Strangely, online friends are a new way of realizing our need to socialize.

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Earlier, families and friends were the people who lived in the vicinity and the people who lived in the vicinity were your friends and family. All was well until people started spreading out for the idea of education or work. But technology saved the day, yet again. Creating an offline community or a “group” and communicating with your loved ones has never been easier. Moreover, internet also assists you in creating and becoming a part of online communities based on similar beliefs, values and interests. It is a myth that online communication has replaced or substituted offline communication. If anything, it has only eased the process.