Tablets, cell phones and smartphones have made the access of emails, social media and documents readily available at any given moment. Chances are, at the location you are reading this very article, there are several people with their devices in hand, looking at a video, reading or responding to email or just scrolling through a social media website. Over the years, the evolution of technology has convinced us that we are more connected by the smart devices we own.
These devices allow you to download your favorite apps to play games with friends or "follow" them through their day. For instance, many people join social media to stay connected to family, friends and acquaintances. But let's be honest. How much more are you connected to the hundreds of "friends" you have acquired through Facebook? Would you rather call someone to say Digitally Connected hello, or do you just text "How r u?" (how are you) instead.
We would much rather read comments left on our wall or in our inbox than pick up the phone and have a real conversation.
We would much rather read comments left on our wall or in our inbox than pick up the phone and have a real conversation. Family photos are shared with loved ones through a tag, email or text. The annual five dollars grandma sends you on your birthday is direct-deposited into your account (which you don't even see any more thanks to debit cards), followed by an ecard with an annoying song sending you birthday wishes. Christmas cards and holiday greetings are sent with clipart of glittery wording expressing sentiment. We have become a society that would much rather connect through our devices than spend time with family and friends.
Even employers are convinced that being connected to the workplace at all times is beneficial and productive. Employees have been equipped with smart devices in an effort to stay connected. The thought is that this keeps them in the know of day-to-day business or crises when they are not physically in the office. Employees have welcomed the opportunity to know what is going at all times, even at the price of quality time with family.
Technology has had a positive impact on how we do business. It has also created a way to be involved without being connected.
The advancement of technology has had a positive impact on how we do business. It has allowed us to attend meetings we could not attend in person and video chat with loved ones who are serving our country. It has also allowed single parents to work from home when their child is not well. However, it has also created a way to be involved without being connected. If we are not careful, the very technology used to connect us will be the very technology that disconnects us.