Technology is slowly kicking Social Interaction, People Hide Behind Computer Screens
Last Regulator: With every new app ,or website.People are spending more time in virtual reality than actual reality. The art of courtship is slowly becoming petrified. Majority of people dont know how to communicate unless its in an app.Majority of young people cant change a tire,change the oil od thei cars.Use a rotary phone.Drive a vehicle with a standard transmission. With most of the world playing video games and online everything, people are getting soft.Now many will disagree, well the proof is out there.True some tech has improved like for most,however it has also fast tracked the decline of others. How many teenagers went out shoveling snow to earn cash? Or mowed lawns or did minor construction? Not many. Face it,if its not in a app most of you are lost. Lets return to dating, with the way society is today people are afraid to meet others.Background checks ,endless emails.How the hell do you determine if a person is being honest by an email? You cant.But countless base who they date on this stupid process.Society needs to wake up before its too late.Remember this, You are your own worst enemy.
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Gino_BE: No doubt that tech changes the way we interact with eachother. No idea if that's all negative or all positive, but there are indeed lot of things to be aware about. A humans behavior online differs a lot from face-to-face encounters. Especially inhibitions fade when being online. In a face-to-face encounter, there is still some inhibition (or 'brake' or whatever one wants to call it), but this dissappears when being confronted with just a keyboard and a computer screen. This is why the most mean comments are posted on social media and the most shameless things are done and said in online encounters. There are also lot of other things to be aware off: In face-to-face encounters, the communication is, more as we realize, in non-verbal ways and voice intionations. The litteral words are actually only a small part of the communication.
Also really interesting is to see how much control a social media platform or app actually has on people, it's sometimes even scary to see. Every time your picture/post or whatever gets 'liked', it releases a little bit of dopamine in the brain. It always build up, until the brain is dependant (litteraly addicted!) on it. Days without this dopamine shot is the same like an addict kicking off from his substance, and causes even blue/depressed feelings
Also other things are worrysome about social media platforms and apps: 'Information bubbels', 'echo chambers' --> meaning that we will only see the kind of information we like and that conforms our opinion. AI algorithms even enforce that and keep us 'looping'. On top of that there even can be spread of desinformation.
Then we have dating apps, like Tinder... It's practically guys wanting sex, and women looking for a male at least being an 8/10 and conforming their wishlist. Plus there is that psychological thing called 'choice paralysis'. This means that, when one gets confronted with many, many choices (in this case 'partners', the effect will be that one will be less likely to make any choice at all, and even when a choice is made, one will be quick to drop it, because another choice 'could have been better'. And this effect, combined with 'like-adiction' and loss of communication because it's digital, makes that the encounters are way more superficial, and will make one depressed and less satisfied again in the end.
Well... personally, in the end I'm not at all against tech. I'm even very happy that all this tech exist and want to keep a really open mind to it, but I think there is still a long way to go to shift the tech from a commercial (socially not so optimal) shape to a more human focused shape, taking in account all the psychological effects of its features and adapting it so that people will interact more 'healthy'. For example: Make a Tinder that gives one 5 choises at max (so no more endless swiping or endless receiving likes that feed the like-addiction) and that you're forced to pick 1 choise, and that you have to interact with the person at least a month after being allowed again to pick a new person from another 5 proposals. This will teach people to make the best out of a situation, and that there is no such thing as endless choice, and will give eachother a chance to grow on a social level and adapt behavior towards one another. And this hopefully make us get rid of many swallow, superficial interactions. It's just a little brainstorming, but I think it's a ground for a whole new discussion...
Last Regulator: You have touched on many points.I am not against tech that helps society.What I find disturbing is the loss of what I believe is valuable lessons people are not getting.For example. The view of there are 2 sides to every story.Thats not always true.When doing a application you are given some choices, more times then often those answers dont apply to a person's situation. Hence misconceptions and miscommunication between say a job or government agency. There are many people who fall through the cracks and cant get what they need.With less human interaction in places where tech has been infused to save money some folks lose out.Not everyone is computer savvy. With schools dropping classes like drive ees education and many no longer offering shop, many skills are not being offered to young people. Prime example .Colleges do not properly prepare kids for life beyond graduation, weather athletes turning pro or entering the work force.With majority of lifestyle decisions having to be done online the human factor is already reduced. This debate will go on forever. Ultimately it comes down to a computer is only as smart as the human who programmed it.When artificial intelligence comes to play then again a new discussion. I guess there's no going back to a simpler time.Maybe when it was made you cant spank your kids for being bad was the beginning of the end. Time will tell
Gino_BE: I think we really live in a time where a few things are just being pushed through societies throat.
One of the points you seem to make is that human-to-human contact (for job applications, agencies, and many more...) is just being replaced by computers just for the sake of cutting costs. And indeed, people are left behind and overlooked because of this...
One thing about tech is that it should be used where it applies, and it indeed is in many situations just not right to replace human with a computer. I think the underlying problem here is rather an economical perversion. There is just way too much of a focus on profit over anything else. This should shift to human welbeing over anything else!
For the time being, I fear the world is in chaos (or maybe it always has been), and a lot of things will happen that are not really in the interest of the people. This is all because of the current globalization problem where economical objectives like profit come first, and this combined with technological advancement.
Personally, I'm not putting my believes that the solution will be in something like just politics, because politics and policies are just way behind of everything that happens now. They are actually enslaved by the big companies and the globalization, and not the other way around.
Anyway, people over the world are all connected by the internet, what besides only chit-chatting, also gives the opportunity to unite and stand up against anything bad happening in the world and take the initiative.
The giant midget: It truly is a blessing in industry and commerce with so much innovation the the technology world.
On the other hand it has made people to rely on everything tec that they have forgotten that they still have a brain to think
It's a shame