Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone? Twitter, 995 followers. Instagram, 974 followers. Facebook, 551 friends. Snapchat, 329 friends. What do these numbers mean? Popularity? Beauty? Intelligence? These numbers mean nothing. All these ‘followers’ and ‘friends’ I have really aren’t my friends, they are just people I met once or twice, someone I went to school with, or someone I don’t even know. So why do we sit on social media and scroll for hours at a time? Is it because were bored? Alone? I’m not saying that technology is evil, it has made amazing advances, and can keep us in contact with people or help us to meet new ones. Technology makes us alone because it interferes with our basic human needs such as interaction, affection and attention.
“Little by little, Internet and mobile technology seems to be subtly destroying the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others, disconnecting us from the world around us, and leading to an imminent sense of isolation in today’s society.” (Melissa Nilles “Technology is Destroying the Quality of Human Interaction”) Because of technology, the interactions with other people have no meaning, and that we are no longer in touch with the world that we live in. Since technology makes it easier to connect and converse with friends, family, etc. it gives people the opportunity to avoid face to face interaction at all, which leads to isolation and loneliness. This is because as human beings, physical touch is something that we
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