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Why technology is NOT replacing real life interactions

Warning: rant incoming.

Is anyone else sick and tired of the moral high horse that some people love to sit on regarding phones, technology and the Internet in general?

Let me elaborate: time and time again I've seen quotes on Pinterest and people rambling on Facebook (the irony) about how damaging our digital society is.

Don't get me wrong, the Internet can be a real jungle - it's an essentially anonymous platform that, these days, anyone can access. There are corners of the Internet that are unmoderated entirely and any kind of content can surface, whether you're looking for it or not.

Quite often it's the older generation who have a massive vendetta against the technology that a lot of us have grown up with. 'Oh, you're always on your phone!' - perhaps because this is the way a lot of us have grown accustomed to communicating.

Don't get me wrong, face-to-face conversation is priceless, but unfortunately that is not necessarily a possibility for all people. For example, lots of my family either live on the other side of the country, or the other side of the world. How am I to have a one-on-one conversation with them? If I was to ditch the devil technology, I wouldn't have a clue what was going on in my brand new baby cousin's life, who is half way across the country.

If you can be present in the moment, then you absolutely should be. If you are out with a group of friends, family, colleagues, whoever... Put your phone down and have a chat. But in that same breath, if you want to check your phone, then that's your prerogative. I think it's a bit rude if you're talking away and someone is only focused on their Instagram feed, not taking in a word of the conversation, but most of the time I'm pretty capable of listening and also dropping my mum a text to let her know I'm okay.

I can appreciate reality just as much as I can appreciate someone's online presence. Just because I run lot of social media accounts doesn't mean I have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what isn't. I'm not brainwashed by technology because I like to follow aesthetically pleasing Instagram feeds.

I use the Internet as my escape from reality, my connection to long-distance friends and family and my never-ending source of memes and dog videos. I use it to keep up to date with world news, read blogs, grow and expand as a person.

Please don't try and make me feel bad about being a digital member of society. The argument that technology makes us isolated from those around us is, without sugar-coating it, total and utter crap. Think of the plethora of online communities out there that you can so easily join and find people with similar interests to yourself. I met my best friend and my boyfriend through digital platforms; two of the best, healthiest and most fulfilling relationships in my life.

Technology, when used carefully, is a wonderful tool. It is not isolating nor is it 'ruining' or replacing real life relationships. If anything, it is enhancing these relationships and interactions. Long story short, stop trying to feel superior for criticising someone's use of technology.

P.S. I know I haven't posted in a while, but why not have a looksy at my last post? Read it [here]

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