Technology Brings Us Too Much Convenience

1566 Words Aug 10th, 2013 7 Pages
Technology Brings Us Too Much Convenience The increasing development of technology has brought modern people efficiency and convenience, yet the growth of technological advancements has negatively influenced the social interactions of individuals because it isolates them from reality, hinders communication, and perpetuates the concept of immediate satisfaction. The technological era is a symbol of highly commercialistic and well-developed society because it costs ultimate knowledge and money to keep them in the place. Under the perfect cover of this symbol of wealth, technology overwhelms individuals to be more emotionally isolated though they seem to be able to connect easily. “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle, illustrates the fact …show more content…
Technology is the most advanced form of communication that shortens the physical distance between individuals. Maybe video chat is a much easier to stay connected with someone so far away, but people will never know the true emotions of their families and friends when they are multitasking with their high technology. That means priorities are confused. Turkle writes, “As we instant-message, e-mail, text, and Twitter, technology redraws the boundaries between intimacy and solitude” (272). When people are using social technology to enlarge their insight of the world, they are breaking their interactions with friends by texting, e-mailing and reading the timeline of Facebook. They forget that the meaning of chatting with family is a way to find real feelings of intimacy. They are even confused by themselves as doing video calls with families, yet replying e-mails to be anxious and busy. Hochschild describes technological society, “We separate ideal from practice. We separate the idea of ‘spending time with X from the idea of ‘believing in the importance of X.’ We don’t link what we think with what we do” (186). Individuals are enjoying the virtual world with their virtual identities. They build a world they like but is not realistic. In this world, individuals can do everything they want because no one can truly tell what they are doing. When a mother is chatting with her son on a video call, though they are “face-to-face”, she can never tell whether her
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