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Do you think technology makes you feel more alone?

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 10,331 mod
I sometimes feel as though having the internet makes you feel more alone - because we seem to spend more time online than actually talking to our friends.

I think more people just look at their computer screens all day rather than spending time with real people.

What do you think? Do you think the internet makes you spend less time with people?

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  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,564 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't think this is about me, since I don't have any social network account, but other people do spend too much time there.

    Once watching a party scene of a TV film on XIX century life I was struck by the idea how social those people's enjoyment was. They had no telly, no musical records and therefore a company of friends was where they spent their leisure time. In that company they sang, read aloud, played musical instruments or table games and talked.

    Because of this, they had to learn music and dancing. They had to read too because it gave them topics to discuss. All of these enriches a person's personality.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod

    I don't think this is about me, since I don't have any social network account, but other people do spend too much time there.



    Once watching a party scene of a TV film on XIX century life I was struck by the idea how social those people's enjoyment was. They had no telly, no musical records and therefore a company of friends was where they spent their leisure time. In that company they sang, read aloud, played musical instruments or table games and talked.



    Because of this, they had to learn music and dancing. They had to read too because it gave them topics to discuss. All of these enriches a person's personality.

    I do think tech has changed the way we socialise. Whenever I'm out now I see people on mobile phones rather than talking to people, and I find that a little bit sad.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    The tragedy is that most people are not even using their mobile phones to talk to other people @GemmaRowlands.

    I think it depends how you use social media as to whether it has a positive impact on how connected you are. As well as helping to keep me informed, it can be a useful way to keep up to date with friends' news. And the advent of email means that messages can be transmitted without the delays that were all too common in the past with snail mail.
  • viciumartisviciumartis Posts: 65 ✭✭
    sometimes i spend more time with tech,rather then be surounded by people and feel withdrawal symptoms when i cant find cellphone or my battery is dead.

    when i was younger, i did not have all of those things, but i was happier..Mornings were better, i was not bothered with bad news..
    The main problems were homeworks and learning for school..
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    Technology can help people stay connected with friends who are in other countries or just not near enough to be able to easily visit @viciumartis. However I don't think it can ever replace human interaction.
  • viciumartisviciumartis Posts: 65 ✭✭
    @mheredge
    of course it can not replace and connects people like you and me but ,i can tell from my perspective that I am more depressed now then in childhood, more worried, anxious..and every day i net more drug called technology, aka smartphone, tablet, laptop..
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    The tragedy is that most people are not even using their mobile phones to talk to other people @GemmaRowlands.



    I think it depends how you use social media as to whether it has a positive impact on how connected you are. As well as helping to keep me informed, it can be a useful way to keep up to date with friends' news. And the advent of email means that messages can be transmitted without the delays that were all too common in the past with snail mail.

    Yeah I agree. They'll more than likely be using them for apps, or just to look at what other people are doing, rather than actually talking to them.
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