Updated: Jan 3
There is a unique quality about face to face interactions, whether you are dating someone, interviewing someone, or just meeting someone for the first time
You catch the subtle tone in their voice, see their expression as it shifts from sad to outrage, and see if you trust them in the eye.
So it is quite unfortunate that real-life interactions are on the outset as cell phone discussion, text messages, immediate messaging, and Facebook messages are beginning to take more of our time and separate us from family and friends.
Especially for young people when wandering, the streets, having a cell phone in their hands and prepared is default mode. That implies much less opportunity of talking to the people who care and occupy their real life.
The unspoken subtext of checking text messages in front of friends or family is : I am more concerned about someone else than you" I want to understand what thy have to say more than what you have to say to me now!
The concept of being present at the time is disappearing quicker than you can say. Hey, I have to take this call"
Is your smartphone hurting your interaction with others?
We do often joke about techno habit and how difficult it is to break, but when it becomes a truth, the joke gets old.
Then it stuck me : it is similar to what psychologists call a dissociative disorder to be constantly linked to gadgets. Dissociation usually means not being linked and in its extreme form is hallmark of real mental illness. I wonder if we all become mentally sick by getting in and out of the way!
Others are quick to counter that technology has actually made us more connected to people rather than just disconnected with our present situation.While, a bit of techno-reactionism was the concept of cell phones destroying face to face relationships.
For me, I am not longing to be in the company of people who are always connected to someone else. Cell phone, it is not just speaking to others people but it is also the psychological acceptance that is acceptable get to know someone on the phone and also break up a relationship or friendship, which I consider disheartening!