Saturday, 15 February 2014

40. Connect

In our current age, it is nearly impossible to be out of contact with people we wish to connect with. Whether our choice of correspondence is via telephone, text, Skype, Whatsapp or social media (Facebook or Twitter, for example) connecting with one another has never been easier. New friendships are often cultivated through these channels, and existing friendships diminish through a lack of use of these channels. But what of the fool-proof, old school face-to-fave exchange? Our technological age somewhat restricts our likelihood of traditional interaction.

My question is this: fast forward ten years, will our technological connectivity still remain intact? Or will there be an alternative means of regular correspondence?

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  1. The internet has had a super-colossal influence on connectivity, I've come to realise that the influence is great for such as worldwide connections, six degrees of separation may now have decreased to three. Speaking to people you hold relationships with across other continents has never been easier through such various means. However, other ways of connecting have suffered, most importantly and greatly the face-to-face tradition.

    In my understanding, nothing beats live, tangible interaction. Yes, texts, phonecalls, What's App, Facebook & Twitter aids in helping achieve a continued connection, but it also makes one lazy and especially complacent on some connections, also some connections are only ever limited one or more of these types of correspondences and in turn some connections expire due to this limit.

    Ten years from now we might have holograms to aid in our connections or other technological breakthroughs in terms of connectivity, but the best form is and always may be the face-to-face tradition of connecting.

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    1. Thank you for such a deliberate, well thought-out response! Glad you agree that face-to-face correspondence is the best way of connecting with others, despite our heavily-technological time. Of course, technology has made our lives immeasurably easier! But at what cost?

      Holograms are an interesting suggestion. I think they would serve as a bridge between innovation and traditionalism - having to speak/see others face-to-face but not quite!

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    2. I think that's a cost we're yet to be truly be aware of. Really good technology finds a way of making the use of something simpler and easier, however, easier isn't always better.

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