Does Technology make us more lonely?

DoesTechnology make us more lonely?

DoesTechnology make us more lonely?

Technologyis supposed to keep people more connected. People can stay in touchon social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and other socializingwebsites. In addition, people can build relationships or startfriendships effortlessly due to the advantage brought about bytechnology. Putting this into consideration, technology can behelpful. However, this is not in every context since it can hold backpeople from real socializing. Therefore,technologywill only benefit society if there are limits.

Despitetechnology allowing a person to communicate with a wider range ofpeople regardless of the distance, it keeps people isolated from realhuman contact and interaction. As long as a person is isolated, he orshe will be lonely. Virtual friends cannot adequately satisfy one`sdesires, wants, and needs. The reason behind this lack of fulfillmentis that majority of people use technology as a way of distractingthemselves from their issues and feelings. For instance, when aperson is lonely, instead of attending to this feeling, one distractshim or herself by participating in various forums, chatting online,or through texting friends (Turkle, 2010).

Thisperson can feel satisfied for a short period. However, in the end,the person will have built up a wrong conduct of connecting withsocial platforms to fulfill a need that should be satisfied by realhuman beings. Conversely, the person ends up more frustrated sincetheir most basic needs cannot be fulfilled by chatting online (InClough, In Olson, &amp In Niederhauser, 2013).

Inconclusion, the longer a person ignores the loneliness feeling, themore painful it becomes. Hence, one will continue using thisdistractor (technology such as chatting online) to distractthemselves further from the unpleasant feelings. If the trendcontinues, the person may eventually end up being depressed. Thus,there is a need for limits on technology to benefit the society.

References

InClough, M. P., In Olson, J. K., &amp In Niederhauser, D. S. (2013).Thenature of technology: Implications for learning and teaching.

Turkle,S. (2010). Alonetogether: Why we expect more from technology and less from eachother.New York, NY: Basic Books.