TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL ALIENATION 4
Technologyand Social Alienation
Technologyand Social Alienation
Technologyhas been one of the most fundamental elements of the contemporarysociety. Indeed, a large proportion of activities within the modernsociety are accomplished using the varied technological innovationsthat are available to men. However, perhaps the most fundamental andground breaking innovations are the internet and mobile phones, whichhave allowed for the easing of communication and the sending of datafrom one part of the globe to another. Like other innovations, theinternet and mobile phones have enhanced efficiency andeffectiveness. However, as much as these innovations have come withquite a number of positive effects, questions have been askedregarding their effects on interaction. Numerous scholars andresearchers have explored this concept and underlined the fact thatthe technologies that are used in the modern days, much as they haveenhanced communication, have resulted in social alienation. This isthe case for Sherry Turkle who, in her book and the Colbert Report,argues that technology has created a situation where individuals arealone, even when they are in the midst of many people. While theremay be differing opinions, I agree with her point of view than thatof Colbert.
First,it should be noted that a large number of people have given morepreference to communication using their gadgets rather than havingone-on-one conversations with other people. Indeed, it is often thecase that individuals will be in the same room and not even talk toeach other but rather use their gadgets to reach out to the world andconnect to others. Unfortunately, this undesirable behavior is notlimited to young people but also adults, who usually ignore theirchildren as they pursue other communications and relationships fromtheir phones. Needless to say, this is detrimental to the socialdevelopment of the children particularly considering that they learna lot of behaviors from the parents and the society at large.
Onthe same note, it is common for people to be within a particularplace and still log on to their social media platforms andcommunicate with others (The Cobert Report, 2015). While it may beassumed that they are simply substituting the individuals with whomthey are communicating, it should be acknowledged that the peoplearound him would be bound to feel ignored in which case no realconversation can be started.
Onthe same note, individuals are far from sincere as far as theironline communications are concerned. There has been a popular adageto the effect that there is no place for truth on the internet. It isoften the case that individuals lie about different aspects ofthemselves with the aim of endearing themselves to other people. Thisrevolves around creating fake accounts, giving false informationabout themselves, as well as adopting certain tendencies with thesole aim of creating a particular impression (The Cobert Report,2015). It goes without saying that the people concerned would,therefore, not be having a sincere conversation but rather playingout particular ideas and being actors rather than themselves.Messages passed using technology such as mobile phones and theinternet allows individuals to delete and edit their communication,unlike one-on-one communications where individuals can speak theirminds without fear. True relationships and friendships are primarilybased on the capacity of individuals to be sincere with themselvesand others, so as to allow others to accept them as they are.
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