I witnessed the most abysmal scene yesterday: three people were sitting at a table in Olive Garden and out of the roughly 30 minutes I was there I saw them interact with each other for a total of 10 minutes; the rest of the time each person was instead looking at their phone.
Technology is mind-blowing at this point and new media is continuing to blossom. At what point, though, do we acknowledge that perhaps it is getting out of hand? The interaction between human and technology is taking the place of the interaction between human and human.
Let’s look at Facebook. I do not deny that Facebook is a new media masterpiece which allows people across the globe to stay connected. Users can post status updates to inform their friends and family what is going on in their life, share pictures and videos, and communicate with others. Facebook is an absolute godsend for the best friends that are separated by an ocean or the grandparents that want to watch their grandchild grow up even though they are 10,000 miles away.
The problem lies in the three people at Olive Garden. Technology and all forms of new media should be strictly supplemental. Our interaction with technology should enhance our interactions with those around us, not replace them.