If I rewind the clock about 25 years ago, technology was very limited; for starters, the internet was out of the question, over the years there has been a gradual increase in technology from around the late nineties to what would be now naturally regarded as technology was in its early stages.
Back before the invention of the telephone, if you wanted to communicate with someone or send them a message you would send them a letter written by hand or typewritten; alternatively, you would have to converse with them face to face. Especially, over about the last decade, the ways in which we communicate has really been changed.
In 1995, Windows 95 was introduced although it was a very basic however it is the basis of more modern operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, 7 and the more recent Windows 8.
In the 2000, one of the iconic phones’ was released which was the first ever dual band mobile phone by Nokia. At the time, if you had one you would be considered with real class/status (well what I mean in simple terms is ‘cool’) and I remember as a young child, I used to play the games on my mum’s phone (e.g. Snakes II, Bantumi, Space impact etc…) which I thought were really cool then.
In 2004, the popular FACEBOOK was born; later in 2006, Twitter followed (see what I did there haha… sorry guys! excuse the pun, couldn’t resist it! :]) Now these social media networks have millions of users every day.
Quoted from the telegraph:
“Archbishop Nichols does have a strong, broader point about the dehumanising effects of online communication. And not only among the young. We are all, frankly, in danger now of conducting human relationships almost exclusively through the prism of a computer screen…What Archbishop Nichols, who I notice makes himself personally available whenever he can, has pointed up is that the internet, with all its talk of “connectivity”, was meant to bring the world together. Actually, it’s driving us apart.“
This is an issue quite which is close to us because technology is integrated into our lives in every possible way imaginable and we are more connected to each other today than ever before for instance people can run businesses online with people they haven’t met in the flesh and make millions or a another example that is negative is people can have arguments over Facebook even though they may not have talked to each other person to person. There are several benefits of these advances in technology however it is also arguable that there are countless negative effects due to this, on today’s society.
I can text my friend to find how he/she is who lives just 10 minutes away from my home and I can stay in touch with my friends that live in different countries around the world although in my opinion I think we are more distant from each other, kind of external or withdrawn in a sense; there has been total breakdown of communication among people.
Social media in our daily lives most certainly has its purpose, and serves us well. It’s a crucial part of the society we live in today. The trouble is, we have too much of it, and we spend too much time with it. Ask yourself, “What am I missing with my face buried in my phone/laptop?” Sometimes we focus too much on that next tweet or post, rather than living our own life in the here and now. It’s easy to lose ourselves so put your phone on the side or silent at least when you’re with your friends or family and actually build relationship because they are fragile and lets not be unaware that technology is creating rifts.
Before, I call it a night I recommend watching a channel 4 documentary called ‘DON’T BLAME FACEBOOK’ which is about the overexposure to social media and the possible consequences which I believe is still currently on 40d. I thought it was quite interesting and shocking as warning to reconsider of your privacy.