First Source:  Technology is rewriting the rulebook for human interaction

The key claims of the text is the idea of “ virtual distance”. “Virtual distance is a psychological and emotional sense of detachment that accumulates little by little, at the sub-conscious or unconscious level, as people trade-off time interacting with each other for time spent “screen skating” (swiping, swishing, pinching, tapping, and so on).” This happens every day, every time. The author provides examples of this phenomenon at the work field, during dates and among family as well. I really enjoyed the quote “Virtual distance research underscores that the rules of interaction have changed. It changes the way people feel – about each other, about themselves, and about how they fit into the world around them”, since I felt that this describes our new generation. The author of the article is are Karen Sobel Lojeski And Martin Westwell, both psychologist and writers. Published at the famous website “Phys.org”, the authors showed a variety of examples and situations where the “virtual distance” is presented nowadays, and the consequences of it.

Second Source: How technology has changed relationships (for better and worse)

In this article, the author claims that there is no doubting that technology has changed how we’re conducting our relationships. The way that technology have been changing relationships can be seen as good or bad, depending of what and how people look at it. Reading this article, I found a couple of interesting quotes, but one of them make me stop and reflect about it for a long time, also this quote define the overall “meaning” of the article, it says “It comes up in my couples’ practice every day without fail, because it’s both inescapable and changing the love landscape with every blip and beep….., With our tiny computers in our pockets and handbags, we can now connect faster, more easily, more sneakily, and – on some levels – more ambiguously.” The article presents 8 ways in which relationships have morphed in the past decade, which are : Connection, The soul mate search, Ease and power, Texting, Breaking up is easy to do,  Affairs, Let the internet be your boyfriend and Immediacy. The author of the article is Jill Godson, an writer from New Zealand. Moreover, the article was published two years ago at the newspaper “NZHerald”. Due the fact that technology have been increasing a lot in the past 10 years, Jill’s writing about this topic to help and inform people about how technology can be bad if used in the “wrong” way, but at the same time can be helpful if used in the ‘correct” way.\

Third Source: How Technology Affects Human Relationships

Nowadays people tend to always be connected to theirs phones and consequently, spend more and more time on social media. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook are good ways to connect people of course, but people are using them too much, and this have been causing some problems on how people relates to each other. “If you’re anything like me, you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up to check email and respond to texts. The rest of the day, you’re constantly on a tablet, mobile device, laptop or desktop for personal or professional use. You’re messaging, browsing, friending, tweeting and sharing….It’s great that we have the technology to connect with people across the globe instantly, but there’s also a sense of disconnection”, this quote was really meaningful to me, since I saw myself in the same position at the author. However, I believe that technology and social media, can be really helpful as well. The article was written by Bryan Kramer, a Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter. The article was published on September of 2015 at the website “SocialMediaToday.com”. By reading the article at the second time, I realize that Bryan had the intention to reach the teenagers and adults readers, where he tries to interact and put himself at the same position of his readers.

After doing some research for my Inquiry Project, I have noticed that most of my sources are very similar. They talk about the same topic, but in a different way and using different examples. However, I am learning more and more every time that I research for more sources and articles. Reading those last 3 sources, I was wondering to know more about the impacts that social media are causing to marriage couple, as well as the impacts that social media are causing on single people. I would say that my topic is starting to “shape”. After reading and searching for many sources, I understood that my topic should be divided in 4 parts. The first part will talk about the technology and romance, the second part will talk about technology and family, the third part will talk about technology and friends and finally but not least, the fourth part will combine all of three and summary how technology/social media have been changing human relationships.

 

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