More Connected Than Ever . . . or Are We?
Is the technology in our social-media-saturated culture really bringing us together? If so, at what cost?
Samuel Rodriguez (Relevant) suggests, “. . . I’m not convinced all this connectivity is actually making our relationships stronger. Sometimes we lose our connections to one another as we become more entangled in technology. In all our online connecting, are we missing out on what matters most—true friendship, authentic fellowship and healthy intimacy?”
Rodriguez opines that while high-tech communication may enhance our ability to stay in touch with others, “. . . it’s not the same thing as actually sitting across from someone over a meal and sharing from the heart.” He observes that constant access does not necessarily create stronger bonds.
A recent Forbes report suggests that millennials, especially, struggle with face-to-face communication. Why? As a generation, digital communication has always been a basic and normal part of their lives—they excel at making “artificial” connections. Unlike face-to-face communication, with digital interaction they’ve always had the ability to edit a message.
Forbes contributor AJ Agrawal shares, “There was once a time where the tough stuff in life was something we had to face in person. Whether it was a breakup, getting fired, or handling a problem, there wasn’t the opportunity to send it via text, email, or Facebook . . . .
“We’re supposed to make mistakes with what we sometimes say, as these errors contribute to us being stronger mentally. As much as we hate regrets, we do have a certain sense of pride in them. They’re a catalyst for growth, which is necessary to be successful.
“. . . Millennials are still growing and adapting to synthesizing the two worlds. However, once they do, our communications won’t just be more streamlined, but feel like they came from an open, honest place. Once we accomplish that, there’s no stopping how connected our world could be.”
As the acknowledged and respected voice of faith to the mainstream media world, Mastermedia, through a strong and strategic digital presence, will yield many more one-to-one relationships—the ultimate goal. By God’s grace, these face-to-face conversations will be a catalyst for change in the broader media culture.