A lot of people feel that the global push for technology has isolated individuals. The fear is that we have become disconnected elements rather than a cohesive community. We need to reassess the status of our connection. Is it true that we stay at home with noses glowing from the luminosity of our LCD screens and fingers poised in gaming or chat attack positions at a keyboard cowering from abuse?
Within our homes we become strangers as the child retreats to a fully equipped bedroom control centre and parents live apart in separate chat-rooms! The single individual now finds cyber conquests more realistic and risk free than the real dating game while security is bought as a software firewall or anti-virus update rather than a new front door deadlock.
Its a new world but is it all bad. I remember Mum and Dad saving up for the ‘Christmas Phone Call’ from New Zealand to England. The cost, a mere $2.95 a minute back in 1977. Aah yes a bread an milk cost only 15c. Now I can ring England for free or a few cents and milk costs $2.60 for two litres. Shouldn’t life be easier, more time enabling an easier pace.
Now Grandma emails the grand-kids and senior citizens are blogging their life stories or chatting with old school friends they found on social networking sites. The concept of community is changing. We don’t gossip over the back fence, we do it over fibre optic lines. We don’t hear the latest news from the Market fish monger’s wife, its delivered via RSS. We can’t rely on the town busy body, that’s Wikipedia’s job.
So, as we change and reconnect the question shouldn’t be ‘How did we disconnect’ but ‘Why aren’t we more connected’?