The World as a Global Village
Referring to the world as a global village now is an understatement. The world has become even smaller due to the fast rate at which technological advancements are happening. This is mostly the case because of the advent of innovative gadgets that have made accessing the internet easier from any part of the globe. Additionally, the internet makes it possible for people to acquaint with one another and to communicate via social networks. This has formed a virtual world. People are able to maintain contacts with their acquaintances via social sites. Regardless of individuals’ personality, people are able to interact freely and with confidence through the social media. As such, technology advances have changed communication as a field positively.
Nevertheless, increased communication channels are affecting communication negatively. In a talk, Sherry Turkle expresses her concern. She says that people are connected but they are alone. She acknowledge the fact that people are now able to connect with one another through technology as it can be seen from the number of subscribers of the social media. Nevertheless, she contends that social media’s proliferation has affected personal communication negatively. People are now participating in superficial forms of communication through a virtual world. However, the truth is that they are lonely and longing for more intimate relationships. This gives her talk its title.
The observation of Sherry Turkle leads to critical thinking about the effect that technology has on the lives of the people. Man is always looking for happiness. He embraces anything as long as it promises happiness without thinking about it deeply. I noticed that I have become dependent on my devices because they connect me to a virtual world any time I need a friend. Nevertheless, online friendships are usually unsatisfying and weakly-bonded. Additionally, they cost satisfying relationships that one has with family and friends. Therefore, I concur with Turkle that there is no satisfaction guarantee in technology.