It’s no question that one of the most exciting benefits of the Digital Age is the ability to connect with other people from all over the world; p
However, what are the drawbacks of the increase of Virtual relationships, and the decrease of physically present communities?
If we only ever surround ourselves with people who think like us, does that stunt our ability to communicate with others who think differently
Video games offer a false sense of accomplishment, even if we haven’t physically moved in 12 hours. The accomplishment and benefit of our ‘in-game’ successes don’t translate to the real world at all, and if anything, this sedentary lifestyle is cause for concern. Our bodies were designed for movement. As such, our souls and minds were designed for human interaction. Social Media gives us a similar false sense of community. 10,000 followers on Instagram does not equal 10,000 friends. Likes on Facebook do not make up for physical touch, and I’d like to see that winky face emoji help you move into your new apartment.
Humans are a communal species
We’re inherently drawn to others, and even as we sink into introversion as a new default mode, because we’re constantly in front of one screen or another, our human self still longs for true, physical and energetic connection. Our “solution”? Something is missing, so – more screen time, more selfies, more numbing that emptiness by being entertained with no pause. No stillness. No quiet. Does this then also cause a disconnect within ourselves? If we never just sit in silence. If while waiting for a friend at a cafe, we never just sit and observe our surroundings. Glued to a screen, we’re less likely to notice an elderly person who could use a hand. To observe the couple two tables over on their awkward first date. To even just sit with our own thoughts. And what of God’s “still, small voice”?
Does the instant gratification and satisfaction that Tech delivers lead to physical inaction
Then enter the amazingness of Anonymity.
I’d like to see some of these comments made in the Digital Community, delivered to the person’s face, without the offender getting punched in the throat. We’re gettin’ ballsy,
Floating in a murky pool of disconnect and desensitization toward the importance and beauty of humanity, we need to be mindful of the effects that the Digital Age is having on empathy, presence, energy exchange, connection, and accountability.
If we were more present and connected, would we notice and take action when we see signs of Mental Health decline in those close to us? Or would clicking “Like” still suffice? Because surely someone else will say something – someone else will step up and do something. Continue scrolling.
Is the substantial swell in anxiety and depression we’re experiencing in America directly related to us believing our human social needs are being met by social media and digital relationships – causing us to not pursue them further in a physical sense
I’m not suggesting we forsake all technology in favor of campfire sing-alongs and hand-holding or that we need to take personal responsibility for the actions of others.
Rather, I urge each of us toward personal governance
Be intentional with the time spent connected to technology, and likewise ensuring time unplugged
There are far more benefits to the Digital Age than downsides, and numerous accounts of people coming together to enact powerful, heartwarming, hope-invoking change. Use this power for good, people! Because who do we