The answer as we all know Is yes. “An unexpected outcome of computers and other technology Is the loss of the ‘human moment. ‘ A term coined by Harvard lecturer, Edward M. Hallowed, it refers to the psychological encounter that can happen only when two people share the same physical space. The human moment is a quality of interaction that you don’t get through technology, even phones” (Barbara Bartlett).
I couldn’t agree more. Although I object that it is an “unexpected outcome”; I believe that the moment that you choose to use technology over personal contact, you immediately feel the absence of the human touch. I don’t believe that technology is exactly easing communication, but weaken it instead. I’m not referring to the back and forth messaging that’s delivered and received simultaneously, because undoubtedly the message whether is verbally or written meets Its goals. I’m referring to the communication in the human physical resent.
Technology will never replace It; It can by all means weaken It and even destroy It. For most convenient that It Is to Just lay back on your most comfortable chair at home and converse with a significant person In your life via text messaging, chat, or even video chat, it could never fulfill the void of not conversing with that person in a more physical way. Due to the availability and easiness of talking through a computer, people often tend to postpone and delay family and friends hangouts. This is very harmful to everyone, especially to children.
Children are our future. Does it mean that our future has to be physically unreachable due to fact that it’d mostly have to take an emergency to have a human to human interaction? I strongly disagree on this. One of the best feelings in the world is to feel the human touch, voice, and glance, which were available and free since the beginning of times, and will always be. These feelings are irreplaceable. Technology Is what I Like to call a doubled blade knife; you can trust that It will get the
Job done by slicing and cutting what It needs to be sliced and cut, but you always must keep extreme caution to prevent the accident of hurting yourself. Concluding, I want to mention my little sister who is strongly addicted to the internet. She is the most accurate example that I can think of when it comes to choosing technology over human interaction. She is 12 years old and would die if a day went by that she didn’t have internet access. This is the way she feels about it. She embraces it with all her heart and is her favorite thing in the whole world.
A TV on mute, a tablet logged in on video chat, and a laptop displaying her Faceable account, Youth, and several other windows are her company. There’s not much personal contact with my sister; she is physically isolated from the people around her because she rather feels accompanied by her technological devices.