Back before cell phones and smartphones, the only way we could communicate with each other was in person or using a landline phone to make a phone call. Today, all you need to do is send a text message or a snap chat. Does anyone even use a cell phone to make a phone call to friends anymore? The only nice thing that I can say about smartphones is that it makes it easier for people to communicate with those who may not be close via facetime or other visual talking application. So, why are people so disconnected even though they can be connected with everyone at the same time?
How It Was Different
When I started dating my now husband, the only way we could talk was if we saw each other at work or if we called each other from the house phone. He did have a cell phone, but he was only allowed to use it for phone calls after 9 p.m., ah, the good ole days of the early 2000’s. I would get so excited for his phone call when it was free to talk. Today, him and I can be in the same room and be on our cell phones talking to multiple people at the same time through text messaging and when he is at work, the excitement of talking to him isn’t as great as it was when I had to wait all day for a phone call. He can stop and text me while he is working and I can talk to him whenever I feel like. To me, it seems like couples don’t have the same kind of relationship as they did back when talking to their partner wasn’t so accessible.
Connected But Disconnected
Since technology has made it easier for people to stay connected, it has also cost couples to be disconnected. I have been in restaurants and saw couples sitting next to each other but not being able to put their cell phones away. Either one is taking selfies or pictures of their steak and potatoes, while the other is texting or playing a game. They are there, but not there. By the time their meal is over, they only said maybe 10 sentences to each other. How can relationships work like that? And now, they don’t even have to get together to see each other. All they need to do is push the facetime button and that’s it. They can virtually see each other and talk, “share” a meal, and do whatever else. Think about it, if people are like this now, how do you think technology is going to change us over the next 10 years?
I can’t imagine what people are going to be like in the years to come. People today can’t have a normal conversation, can’t put their phones away for 5-minutes, and can’t go to the bathroom without it. Kids have cell phones and tablets even though they aren’t old enough to properly use them. Technology is going to continue to expand while physical human interaction is going to decrease. Eventually, I feel like we are all going to be linked to some kind of robot that displays our face so that we can communicate with other robots and go places without actually having to leave the house. It seems like something out of a movie, but today, it doesn’t seem too farfetched does it?