Is technology killing our relationships?

The enormous advancements in the technological sphere, over the recent past, have grown at least one human-fascinating gadget in our hands.

We now have access to a wide range of applications, features such as online music stores, online gaming and communication platforms, ones that make communication easier than ever, wrapping up billions of miles of distance, all this and more, at one touch.

Arguably, the recent developments in the technology industry have increased awareness among masses and educated even our subconscious minds.

However, underneath it all, these advances have accounted for a great deal of disadvantages that interfere with our daily lives.

Not to undermine the advantages it has brought to our generation, but its limitations have come hand in hand; one of the most important ones of which is the disintegration of familial ties.

Precisely, our dearest gadgets have somewhat gotten in the way of our relationship with parents, siblings, spouse, etc.; as children seem more drawn to their phones – playing online games, chatting up their friends, surfing through latest trends etc., this unfair time allocation automatically results in the weakening of ties – for instance, on a family picnic, the children may well be physically present, but mentally elsewhere gazing onto their phone screens, thus restricting a good family chat and a chance for opening up to them, whereas the parents would sit staring at each other in dismay. Such a picture naturally hinders the growth of a healthy family bonding, between not only parents and children, but also siblings.

I gather that many of us know at least one such person who is almost alien to their own brother or sister, and is deprived of sibling bonding despite their sharing of room, because the golden time which is the right of our siblings, will have been allocated to some online activity.

As a result, most of the technology users these days know their friends better than they know their own parents or siblings or spouse.

In my leisure time, my sister takes priority over all else, be it my closest friends or some dearest online activity — in our room, my sister enters while I am glued to my phone, the first thing I hear coming from her is, ‘I do not want this or another phone disrupting our sisterly bonding’, which indicates that it’s time to put it down at once and get connected to her, who matters to me beyond the world of cyberspace.

Not to mention the digitisation of romance; in which the worth of hand-written letters by our beloved are now looked upon as being peculiar and old-fashioned, and text messages, and other such mediums of communication, have come to replace their handwriting and scented papers with customised fonts and unappealing pale emojis.

Moreover, marriage bonds seem to be hanging by the tender thread of technology, as husbands and wives, now upgraded with hi-tech devices around the house, have wandered on priorities; in many instances, one of the two would be seen attached to their phone – giving rise to various reasons of anguish, more like suspicion, jealousy or simply a lack of attention – it is sure to anger their better-half; such a situation only serves to propose greater difficulties for married couples — all this stemming from an unfair interference of technology.

Nevertheless, this era of technology should not be taken as anything lesser than a blessing for us – if utilised in the right direction. We must enable ourselves to overcome its limitations and benefit from these growing advances, which can be achieved through proper time-management, in which our real and online life must not be left in the wilderness to merge with and usurp the right of others upon us as parents, children, siblings, spouses, teachers and students.

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