Internet “disconnects” people to the world
November 10, 2011
A few weeks ago I read Elvira Lindo’s column about real communication between people and how people use new technology to express loving “empty” messages.
According to her, technology has widespread the language of romantic postcards. In other words, nowadays people write deep and affectionate messages by email, Facebook, WhatsApp and so on, in a banal and easy way.
In fact, she tells that when she meets some friend in a restaurant, many times he is more interested in the “sonorous interruptions” caused by his mobile or blackberry, instead of having a conversation with her. As a result, in these conditions, the feedback is missing, and then, communication has been broken.
This article made me reflect in what real ways technology help people to communicate. We live immersed in “The Global Village”. Indeed, Internet is one of the best inventions of the last century. Besides, it has changed our life in many positive ways. For instance, making the world smaller by bringing people together. In fact, you can reach out and get to know people you might never meet in person and also you can do an endless list of actions, just a click away. Nevertheless, why does the situation described by Elvira Lindo in her article happen so often?
Perhaps, the uncontrollable need of using internet has developed in the society the need for permanently being in touch with other people online. Probably, it is most exciting and liberating way to have invisible relationships instead of speaking face to face. However, is it real communication?
To sum up, the ways of communication have changed and Internet has helped us to have an easy life in many aspects. Sometimes, the Internet gives us what we need in communication, speed, reliability and convenient time and place. Moreover, it keeps us close to our loved ones. However, as in everything, it is necessary not to go to the extremes and to keep the real and true communication, that is, in my opinion: “face to face”. Therefore, “If you communicate, you exist in the real world”.