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Internet “disconnects” people to the world

November 10, 2011

A few weeks ago I read Elvira Lindo’s column about real communication between people and how people use new technology to express loving “empty” messages.

 According to her, Technology has widespread the language of Romantic postcards. In other words, nowadays people write deep and affectionate messages by email, facebook ,whatsapp and so on,  in a banal and easy way.

In fact, she tells that when she meets some friend in a restaurant , many times he is more interested in the “sonourus interruptions” caused by his mobile or blackberry, instead of having a conversation with her. As a result, in this conditions, the feedback  is missing, and then, communication has been broken.

This article made me reflect in what real ways Technology help people to communicate. We live immersed in “The Global Village”. Indeed, Internet is one the best inventions of the last century,besides, it has changed our life in many positive ways. For instance, making the world smaller by bringing people together. In fact, you can reach out and get to know people you might never meet in person and also you can do an endless list of actions,  just a click away.Nevertheless, Why does the situation described by Elvira Lindo in her article happen so often?

Perhaps, the uncontrollable need of using internet,  has developed in the society the need for permanently being in touch with other people online. Probably, it is most exciting and liberating to have invisible relationships instead of speaking  face to face. However, is it real communication?

 To sum up, the ways of communication have changed and Internet has helped us to have an easy life in many aspects. Sometimes, the Internet gives us what we need in communication, speed, reliability and convinent time and place. Moreover, it keeps us close to our loved ones. However, as in everything, it is necessary not to go to the extremes and to keep the real and true communication, that is, in my opinion :“face to face”. Therefore, “If you communicate, you exist in the real world”.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. jesarqit permalink
    November 10, 2011 9:45 pm

    Nice post and reflection. I agree with the whole approach. Internet is great tool, indispensable nowadays, however it can´t replace face to face contact.

  2. November 11, 2011 8:59 am

    I totally agree.

    Facebook or Twitter keep track of people’s friends when really most of them have done nothing to see their supposed friends for years.

    Although I agree, I suffer deeply this illness due to my job. So, don’t let my wife read this post..

  3. November 11, 2011 11:01 am

    Hi. In my opinion all what has been said is true. I deeply agree that the no face to face give us the chance to express without an interaction, so the others can´t reply just in the moment, I don´t find it reliable. It has happened to me when I am chatting or writting emails I show my feelings more than if I were face to face.
    The interaction between people is, in my opinion, the real way to communicate.
    On the other hand it is obvious that nowadays Net is the main way to keep in touch with those who are far away…

  4. November 11, 2011 3:04 pm

    I totally agree with what is written above. There is nothing better than having face to face communications. In my opinion, socials nets such as Facebook and tuenti sometimes kill the real way to communicate. Not only this but for me the real problem is also how we get hooked on Internet.

  5. Lorena Gallego permalink
    November 11, 2011 6:33 pm

    I agree with you all. If you are communicating by internet use it, it’s ok, it’s great, no problem. But I can’t stand when I meet some friends or family and everybody is watching their mobile.
    Look at this funny picture, isn’t so crazy, is it? 😉

  6. November 11, 2011 9:18 pm

    Thank you for all your comments and the comic strip, so funny!. Probably in the future won’t be a joke, but a reality!!!.

  7. November 13, 2011 2:46 pm

    Not only the internet also blackberries,I consider them a new plague.Most of my colleagues are so hooked with them that they are writing messages while we are working as a result the management departement has recently sent us a menacing note saying that we are not allowed to use our mobiles while working other way they would penalize us.

  8. November 13, 2011 3:29 pm

    This is a present-day discussion. In spite of the fact that I’m not a technogeek, I consider The Net and the connected gadgets don’t disconnect people.On the contrary, they offer us the chance to be in touch all the time and at full speed.

  9. November 14, 2011 12:53 am

    Very good discussion, current communication against traditional communication. In my opinion face to face communication remains the best powerful human interaction. As wonderful as electronic devices are, they can neverfully replace the intimacy and immediacy of people conversing in the same room.

  10. Jessica permalink
    November 14, 2011 12:58 pm

    Hi people. Although I agree real communication is better, I don’t think new technologies disconnect us. For example, now we’re using this blog to communication and it’s a fantastic way to do it. In my opinion the most important thing is how we use the technologies. Internet give us incredible tools, and we decide how to use them. It’s true that there are people who are connecting every time on their blackberry for example, but in this case the problem isn’t the blackberry if not the person who decide live a virtual life.

  11. franeoivlc permalink
    November 16, 2011 12:12 am

    I think that mobile phones are the best way for not communicating because when you are with someone to dinner they prefer to chat with other people instead doing it with you… and when you are at home, the same friend chat with you when he’s got a meeting with some other person… That’s nonsense… So, this Christmas give an Ijam instead of buying an Iphone for anybody. I’m sure you both are going to enjoy it together… 😉

  12. November 16, 2011 8:21 pm

    I totally agree with this post. And in my opinion the problem is bigger with the teenagers because they are growing up in the middle of this technological revolution.

    Most adults are used to interacting face to face with others but the teenagers are in danger of having lots of friends instead of a few very closed ones. This kind of friendship needs spent time together and they are not so used to it. In my point of view a lot of their relationships are superficials.

  13. November 16, 2011 9:26 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of young people hooked on their mobile or computer. It could be said that they are addicted to them. Maybe, we could think that they prefer to communicate with their friends through their mobiles or computers instead of communicating face to face.
    Mobile and internet are very useful to work. They help us to do our work much faster and more efficiently. Besides, if you use email you have proof about what you send and you can send whatever information you want much easier and faster than using whatever other way.
    Thanks to mobile and internet, communication today is easier than ever before. In my opinion both are great inventions, but they should be used in a logical way.

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