Is Technology Making Us Lonely?

I share, therefore, I am. Sound familiar?

We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings, even as we’re having them. Furthermore, we’re faking experiences so we’ll have something to share so we can feel alive. We slip into thinking that always being connected is going to make us feel less alone, but we are at risk because the opposite is true.”

I share, therefore, I am

Let’s say you went to dinner with a group of friends last weekend. Before you met up, someone probably posted to Facebook, “Looking forward to sushi tonight! Sake bombs!” before tagging everyone invited. As you gathered around the table someone might have snapped a few group shots with their iPhone and instantly uploaded them with a hip filter to Instagram. Then you each person turned to their phones to “Like” the picture, chatting with each other over the internet instead of over the table between you. When the food arrived you told the world how great your food was, probably shared a few pics. By the end of your dinner, you might have shared more words with your online followers than with the friends you ate with!

As we let technologies like mobile devices and social media tools further into our lives, we spend more time trying to please a virtual audience and less time caring for our real-life relationships. “The Innovation of Loneliness” is a short film by Shimi Cohen that comments on this phenomenon. Based on Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, this video makes a good point: though we use it to feel connected, technology actually makes us lonely. “We’re expecting more from technology and less from each other,” the narrator says in the video.

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What do you think? Is our addiction to technology driving us to loneliness fueled by over-sharing? Tell us what you think in the comments section! That is, unless you think commenting might make you feel lonely…
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