Technology has advanced to a place that allows for constant connectivity. Getting a hold of someone is as easy (and as impersonal) as sending a simple text message. Regardless of where we go, as long as we have a smartphone in our pocket, we are within reach. This has been a beneficial change in many respects, but what are the negative effects of growing up in the age of connectivity? Communication is developing digitally; aspects of this will be positive where others will be negative. In this blog we will take a look at a few of the pros and cons of staying connected digitally.
- Being connected means improved safety. No mater what emergency you face; contacting the right help is no longer a serious concern. Through increased technology, cell phone range is greater than ever. Car accidents and unforeseen accidents and illnesses even in remote locations can be quickly relayed to emergency help services.
- Connectivity makes it simple to stay in touch. Relationships can be managed remotely. With webcams, email, and texting you can stay in contact with loved ones, even at a distance. Consider the gain felt by a soldier serving over seas by seeing their loved ones via Skype video chatting.
- Technology has made offices portable. We all know at times the travel to work can be challenging. Thanks to telecommuting, working from home while sick or on personal leave is as simple as opening up your laptop.
- Connectivity is hard to turn off. We all enjoy being in touch, but sometimes we need alone time. Being continuously accessible makes disconnecting extremely difficult. This adversely affects our ability to stop and smell the roses and appreciate our surroundings.
- Always being connected encourages over-working. While telecommuting helps redefine your workspace, it also blurs the line between private and professional life. It’s important to know when to disconnect, so having your entire office available on a laptop can make that decision a challenging one.
- Constant connectivity may make us seem faraway to those near to us. Keeping in contact with a far-away friend is easy to do through text messages, but that communication can be a hindrance to personal face-to-face conversations. Increased connectivity can, ironically, make it more difficult to connect.
The age of connectivity has changed the way we communicate. The key to keeping ourselves in check is remembering to interact with these new experiences with moderation. We all have to strike the balance between too little and too much connectivity.
For more information on connectivity, as well as an interesting look at unplugging yourself from technology, take a look at this article.