Is the internet and technology taking over human interaction?
It seems nowadays we find it hard to survive our daily lives and routines without reaching into our pockets to grab our smartphones or firing up our laptops.
It seems little by little, Internet and mobile technology seems to be subtly taking over and breaking down the meaningfulness of interactions we have with others, disconnecting us from people and the world around us, and leading to an imminent sense of isolation in today’s society.
I believe in time this will be a cause of depression and anxiety, because, at the end of the day, we are sociable beings and there is no replacement for human interaction and spending time in person with friends, we just tweet, text or instant message them. It may seem simpler, but we ultimately end up seeing our friends face to face a lot less. Ten texts can’t even begin to equal an hour spent chatting with a friend over lunch. And a smiley-face emoticon is fun, but it could never replace a smile from one of your best friends. Face time is important, people. We need to see each other to maintain healthy relationships.
Have we lost the art of conversation?
There’s something so valuable and real about talking with someone face to face. This is significant for friends, partners, potential employers, and other people that make up your everyday world. That person becomes an important existing human connection, not just someone whose Facebook message, tweet or email pops up on your mobile or computer screen.
It seems we have more extended connections than ever in this digital world, which can be great for networking, if we do it correctly. The sad is that most of us don’t unit seems there is an alarming rise in internet addiction and cyber addicts. It is becoming more and more common in the counselling world for clients presenting issues being based on some form of internet addiction.
Because we have become so tangled up in our relationships being primarily technology based, this can lead to depression as we don’t feel that sense of true connection or identity which in turn can create a feeling of emptiness and which creates a anxious depressed state. Bottom line is, lets talk more.
At Connect Counselling, we offer a safe space and confidential environment to discuss such matters or anything else that is on your mind or troubling you.
We have practices in Highgate and East Finchley.