Last month, The New York Times wrote an article about the anxiety people get from seeing the little texting bubble. This made me think about discussing how technology has really changed our brains and how we communicate with the world and each other.
It’s undeniable that technology has and will continue to change human interactions. For better or worse, we need to accept this and figure out ways to find healthy meaning in all our human interactions, whether they are face-to-face or not. Right now, much has been written about the negative effects of technology and relationships. By placing so much importance on this form of communication, we almost set ourselves up to attach too much emotion to it.
Here’s something we don’t recognize enough, that technology is emotional, and interaction is emotional. Just because we have hidden the emotion behind screens doesn’t mean it isn’t there. In fact, it may be there more so than face-to-face interactions because we have nobody to answer to but ourselves in person at that point.
Recognize what makes you happy when communicating with others, and do more of that with or without technology.