Relationships are what is most important in life – not the number of devices we own

If one thing becoming more clear, is that society is plummeting into a deep, antisocial spiral. It’s becoming more noticeable when we interact with people outside our social groups or different cultures.

People don’t know how to verbalise their thoughts correctly or even have a normal conversation. People ‘stick to their own’, to what is comfortable. It’s frustrating, and it’s due to how our modern society utilises technology.

Basically, everything nowadays is technology-based. You can order food through an app and someone will bring it right to you. A computer will answer your questions, rather than a classmate or co-worker. You don’t have to rely on word of mouth for events or good news, you just see a ‘status update’ and click a button to congratulate someone.

Social times are rapidly changing and, contrary to popular belief, it’s not for the better

Banks are now encouraging their customers to use a mobile app or ATM rather than speaking to a teller. They are even going to great lengths to accomplish this by removing tellers from their banks and relying on instant tellers. Consequently, we’re missing out on golden opportunities for financial advice that could prepare us better for the future.

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Gardens are getting smaller while the homes keep getting bigger. Enjoying all the wonders nature has to offer has been minimised, and today’s youth’s imagination is dwindling. Instead of playing in their friend’s yard for hours, they play on a tablet indoors (where the Wi-Fi connection is stronger than their friendships).

Our personal connection, communication and interaction is far more important than the connection via Wi-Fi

What kind of life lessons are we teaching them, besides how to be antisocial?

Customer service has become atrocious anywhere you go, whether it’s speaking to a frustrating automatic voice recording that doesn’t understand you half the time or waiting for a vague email response that ultimately gets you nowhere. It’s rare to find people with a sense of urgency or a fabricated sense of care. Everywhere you go people are rude when they are required to do their job, to help you. I find speaking to a person resolves issues much quicker, even if how you are being spoken to angers you at times.

Furthermore, everybody has a phone with so many abilities yet no one actually spends time talking. Instead, they isolate themselves, watching videos on a small screen, wearing earbuds to ignore the sounds of real life around them, and typing everything they want to say. Social media has made it extremely easy to become thoughtless, too outspoken and anonymous. Also, it has taken away the need for anyone to be accountable.

How does this make any sense?

Think about it – our adventures aren’t being fulfilled in life because we are too focused on having other people see them instead of actually enjoying them. A moment must be truly special for it to take our breath away and make us focus on the beauty in front of our eyes. And those are few and far between.

Now, you can call me old-fashioned for my belief that technology has lessened social interaction in our society. Some may argue that electronic jobs are becoming more common and provide an opportunity for those who may not find it in the physical world – which I do agree with. But I also believe we should still have the option to socialise and it should be encouraged.

Our personal connection, communication, and interaction is far more important than the connection via Wi-Fi. Relationships are what is most important in life – not the number of devices we own.