How Technology has Changed Society Part 1

Jan 14, 2015

Technology has changed society. There’s no denying it. From the way we communicate, to how we go about business. 20 years ago everything was different. While it’s important to stay on top the current trends, it’s also important to disconnect from technology from time to time. The pervasive use of mobile devices, the Internet and social media has changed the way we live, work and communicate. Today, we’re starting off our three part series with how technology has changed the way we communicate and live our lives.

Back in the day when you met someone you liked, it was simple, they’d give you their phone number. You would call them and ask them out on a date (perhaps) and that would be it.  Remember when all you had was a home or office phone number? If someone called they would have to ask to speak to the person they’re trying to reach. This seems almost ancient with the addition of cell phones, emails, dating and social media sites. Now, there are tons of options when you’re trying to court the person you like.  You can send a Facebook message, shoot over an email, send over a text…etc. The options are endless! You can communicate with the person you’re trying to court digitally, whenever you want. You don’t have to wait until they get home, or have to ask one of their family members to speak to them. This may seem easier, faster and less invasive, but not hard to believe that this has replaced the telephone. Yes this may seem like an easier way to communicate, but it makes the term “chivalry is dead” seem one hundred percent accurate.

Back in the day when you ran into someone from college or high school it was exciting. You didn’t know what they were up to, or how they’ve been doing.  Nowadays, we stay “connected” with old friends online. When we see them, we most probably know what they’ve been up to. High School reunions are becoming more and more obsolete. “Millennial’s” have no idea how it used to be. They’re used to the new wave of communication. Which truthfully, doesn’t even involve a lot of communication. When we see someone on the street or at a restaurant that we follow on social media sites, it can actually be quite awkward. We feel like we know then since we know what they’re up to but do we really KNOW them? The way we form and maintain relationships has complete changed.

There are negatives and positives to the way the world has evolved and changed through technology. Remember to take a step back sometimes. Turn off the computer, go for a walk and disconnect from the digital world. Relationships happen in person, not online and we have the power to communicate in whichever way we like.