The basic human bond we share is more personal than pixels.
The Internet with all its value, and all its resources is instrumental in breaking down the basic social solidarity of the human race. Not that it was intended that way, nor is it totally at fault, but when you provide channels of communication that “virtually replace” a bulk of human contact via the phone or face-to-face, you end up with a society accustomed to communicating without physical or voice contact. The danger is that technology will make it so easy to communicate as well as control incoming communications, that the communication of choice, will be that of buttons and keystrokes rather than mouths, eyes and facial expressions. As to whether or not this will have an effect on relational intimacy, simply walk down the street and notice the disposition of those around you. I mean, really LOOK. You’ll be astonished what you’ll see if you pay attention long enough. Are most people friendly, open to a verbal exchange, eye contact, or a simple nod? Or do you see people becoming increasingly self-protective, reserved, emotionally roped off, iPod/iPad addicted, lost in texting. Now look at your own disposition, more specifically your own personal commitment to break through technological and social reclusion and engage at a more intimate level. This is where the opportunity lies. Repeat after me, “It’s amazing how much more engaged others have become with me, since I’ve become more engaged with them.”
Break down barriers of social reclusion today.
How much of my people interaction has been replaced with pixel interaction?
Am I content with my basic social skills, or would I like them to be stronger?