Technology… a social connector or isolator?

This weekend I spent time with a good friend and her three little boys; 8, 6 and 4. These boys are extremely rowdy and the last time I saw them about 2 months ago, they could not sit still. Since then, their father bought them all a new toy: tablets. The  majority of the time they were awake they spent playing on their tablets. Only during dinner, when their mom made them put down their tablets, were they playing and talking with the grown-ups. Are these kids going to miss out on the world because of their technology?

I Forgot my Phone, made by Charlene deGuzman, is a true interpretation of what our technology driven society has come to. Many would argue that our constant ability to have the world at our finger tips through our smart phones or tablets truly connects us to the rest of the world. But to what expense are we able to do this? Are we, as a result, isolating ourselves from actually experiencing the world the around us?

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2 thoughts on “Technology… a social connector or isolator?

  1. Pingback: Personal vs. Professional use of Social Media | Is it progress?

  2. Miranda – good point, but you stopped too soon. What is the answer from your perspective? How do you think we should struggle with the question? Technology isn’t going away, so how do we manage it effectively. They used to say the same thing when kids sat in front of the TV all the time, and yet many a mother has given a sigh of relief for the 30 minutes of peace. I think this is a difficult question. Nathan asked it as well. If we are going to work our way through the answer we need to remember that there are lots of ways to avoid relationships – and some of them have absolutely nothing to do with technology. I remember hearing something about a “look up” campaign – to get us to look up in the world instead of down at our phone, tablet or device. I can’t find it anywhere, but if you do, let me know.

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