The Effect Technology will have on Relationships in the Future

Technology is growing everyday and in the future we can only imagine all the things that it will offer us. One thing is that technology will affect our relationships in the future. Most people like to agree on the fact that technology is dumbing us down while others argue against that statement. In an article I read called, “The future of relationships and technology” it states ,”There are arguments that we fall prey to group think, or that we lose our individuality, and all this technology is making our ‘human’ relationships somehow more shallow and less meaningful.

So the question is how will relationships change?

We need to filter the information we receive and test it for relevance and credibility and authencity, and we need to asses our relationships in the digital world with the same criteria we use when we meet someone in the physical world. It is precisely because we are ‘human’ that we are able to judge the emerging quality of relationships in either realm (Conway).  The author answers the question by saying, “I don’t know, and precisely because I don’t know means that I won’t make judgements today about what will be viewed as a real human relationship in the future. With technologies like holographics and haptics, who knows what relationships will be like in the future? Relationships in the future will be different, but will that mean they will be any less human? Maybe, maybe not, depending on whether today’s definition of being human survives intact into the future. Dismissing technology mediated relationships as negative and dangerous today closes down opportunities to explore, shape and influence the degree of human-ness in those online relationships. And that’s just dumb” (Conway).

In another article I read called, “happiness is this world” the author Steve Keye answered the question by stating, “The Internet is an amazing tool. But even as it’s shrunk the world and brought us closer together, it’s threatened to push us further apart. Like any useful tool, to make technology serve us well requires the exercise of good judgment. For whatever reason, the restraints that stop most of us from blurting out things in public we know we shouldn’t seem far weaker when our mode of communication is typing. Unfortunately, typed messages often wound even more gravely, while electronic messages of remorse paradoxically have little power to heal. Perhaps we just don’t think such messages have the same power to harm as when we we say them in person. Perhaps in the heat of the moment without another’s physical presence to hold us back, we just don’t care. Whatever the reason, it’s clearly far easier for us to be meaner to one another online. Let’s try not to be.” (Keye)

My answer to the question is that I think technology will bring us closer together. This is because the way a human’s mind works I think things will be invented where for example if were far away from each other the person could be right beside you. Or you can touch through phones, or some crazy stuff like that I just think will be invented.

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201006/the-effect-technology-relationships

http://thinkingfutures.net/the-future-of-relationships/

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