Disconnected in a connected world
Samantha Wray-McCann | On 08, May 2014
When I was little I refused to watch futuristic movies. I hated seeing a world that I didnâ€™t recognise.
I didnâ€™t want jetpacks, time travel, laser guns, force fields or flying cars and I disliked that people were working towards that reality.Â Okay yes, I was a stubborn loser.
Fast-forward 15 years and Iâ€™m still a stubborn loser, but thatâ€™s beside the point. Â These anti-futuristic thoughts have resurfaced. Although I am yet to see a flying car or an example of time travel, I now have something much more disturbing to be apprehensive of – disconnection.
Ironically we have transformed the world into a hyper-connected place, with technological advances making it possible to connect to anyone, anywhere instantly. But without sounding like a â€˜back in the good old daysâ€™ Grandma, Iâ€™m starting to feel disconnected from people now more than ever because of technology, especially on a personal level.
Iâ€™m first to admit that Iâ€™m guilty of spending more time scrolling through my Facebook feed, skyping, texting and snap chatting toilet selfies than physically socialising with friends and family. Iâ€™m increasingly becoming disconnected from â€˜realâ€™ reality and increasingly functioning through technology and this way of living is only going to get worse.
Take for example Google Glass, currently being trialled by a few thousand volunteers. It has the potential to take â€˜disconnectionâ€™ to a whole new level.
What could be more disconnected than having a conversation with someone who is staring directly at you and simultaneously placing Asos items in their wish list and face-stalking their latest hookup? Itâ€™s creepy and yes, disconnected â€“ big time.
Are we eventually going to exist in individual spheres where our only way of communication and connection is through technology?
I vote for now we put our phones down, turn off our computers (after youâ€™ve finished reading this though, duh) and experience human relationships and true connection.
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Image 2:Â http://gutjahr.biz/2014/02/guy-without-phone/?