A central problem of the modern world, according to many thinkers, is that we are lonely. And although you might think that technology is helping solve the problem, bridging the gaps between people and helping us connect, many say that it’s doing exactly the opposite, isolating us in our own little worlds, driving us further apart, and making us more and more lonely.
That’s the central thought of this excellent video, which suggests that technology helps us “connect” while leaving us more lonely in the process. As the video claims,
We’re collecting friends like stamps, not distinguishing quantity verses quality, and converting the deep meaning and intimacy of friendship with exchanging photos and chat conversations. By doing so, we’re sacrificing conversation for mere connection.
Regardless of whether you agree with the video’s central premise — that modern technology contributes to our growing isolation and loneliness — it’s worth watching. So check it out.