Has Technology & Social Media Made Us Less Sociable?

I think my world as I knew it has been restored, I now have my laptop back.  I had a bit of trouble sourcing one locally, but I finally got myself a new charger for my computer.  And, I was so motivated by it that I cleaned out the desk drawers in my sewing room, and with tomorrow off work again, I’m thinking it might be time to get my portfolio in order.  I really should update it, I have been in the same position for over a year now and I’m meant to be providing evidence of active learning.  While my partner is studying I guess this is prime time to start using his study time to my benefit.

I feel like today was a bit of a loss with searching for my new charger, but I did get to catch up with Dad on the phone and then I had to assist my partner, who’s car broke down.  What an unfortunate event, but I guess it was lucky this just happened to occur while I was home and able to come to the rescue.  During this dilemna I was thinking about how lucky we are these days with all the technology we have at our disposal.  He has a pre-paid phone and he never seems to have any credit, so he wasn’t able to just call me and ask for me to come and pick him up, but he ended up going to the library to send me an email.  Which turned out to be brilliant timing because in all the excitement of having my computer back I had it in the sewing room with my emails open so I could catch up on the last few days.

communicatingOnce apon a time if you broke down you would have to try and wave down traffic or abandon ship and go to look for a pay phone to call someone who you thought might be home.  There were no luxuries about calling someone who might be in the area, because if they were you knew there was no way you could reach them.  Now we have phones, tablets, text messaging, mobile phone calls, social media, apps.  The list goes on and on.  It seems technology has found new ways to connect us with the world, and it has made us more creative and resourceful.  Especially when we’re trying to regain communication with a friend or distant relative, we now have new ways of finding people, knowing where they’ve been and what they’ve been doing, all without even speaking to them.  I can’t help but wonder if that’s such a good thing.

socialisingHow many people do you see on a regular basis?  And, how many people do you really conduct good conversation with?  I had to stop writing much in my feed on facebook because I found when I caught up with friends or family and we asked “what have you been up to?” we realised that question had become useless, and we were actually limited on what we had to talk about because they already know what I’ve been up to and I know what they have been up to.  Social media is actually taking away our socialisation, to the point we may as well all be in different countries, because the way we communicate with friends and families in other countries is essentially the same.

How did this happen?  How did we become so connected with everyone so quickly, yet we have become more and more disconnected?

I am starting to notice there are people out there who refuse to have social media, they communicate either face to face, or via a mobile phone, even email isn’t that reliable with them.  It’s not so uncommon.  It makes me wonder have we gone too far?  And where has the personal touch gone?

So while I felt so disconnected the last few days without my computer (fair enough I had my phone and ipad which can do just about what I can do on my laptop), I was actually forced to do things like talk to people, get things done around the house and I feel good for it.  We have made it a rule in our house there is no technology at the dinner table, always eat at the table and I am a strong believer that dinner time is important family time.  To catch up with each other in a real way.  I guess for hundreds and hundreds of years we have been doing just that, communicating over food and drinks.  We do it with all the big events, holidays, Christmas, birthdays and even when we catch up with family and friends.  How often do you go and see your parents or in-laws for dinner?  We probably don’t think about it too much, but that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Is it time to put the computer, tablet and phone down and just talk?  Time to walk the walk and talk the talk!  Actually physically doing the basics.

About myhousewifelifeblog

I am a nurse by trade, and a traditional "de facto" housewife by nature. Constantly seeking a more organised existence. I like to cook, sew and play my keyboard. I try to keep my house organised but I've not yet mastered this, and I am endeavouring to reach my image of ultimate organisation at home. I'm not sure if it's possible, but I'll give it a go.
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