Humans are social creatures. Loneliness sets us apart from others and defeats the purpose of our existence. Our relationships with others are essential to our happiness. Most typical people feel comfortable around others and even if they need to take a break from the overwhelming everyday life, the thought of being lonely can be traumatizing.
Then why is it that most of us slowly and unconsciously separate ourselves from face-to-face human interactions and hide behind our smart phones, tablets, music players, and computers? “We meet fewer people. We gather less. And when we gather, our bonds are less meaningful and less easy.” (Marche, 2012)
We so desperately try to keep in touch with people far away from us – with people we already know and feel comfortable talking to – that we miss out on the opportunity to meet new people. We have a hard time building new relationships because it requires us to leave our comfort zone. Technology gives us an option not to leave this safety zone. The rapid improvements of technology let us connect to everyone near and far, time zones don’t matter anymore.
Marche, S. (2012, April 2). Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? TheAtlantic.com. Retrieved February 3, 2014.