Technology and Humanity
A new study commissioned by Intel Corporation and conducted by Penn Schoen Berland found that young adults, especially millennials (aged 18 to 24) who grew up with smartphones, iPads and other digital gizmos and gadgets, are increasingly tech savvy; but many who fall into this category also think technology is making people less human in the process. The “Intel Innovation Barometer” further revealed that the millennials globally show a stark contrast to their reputation as digital natives who can’t get enough of the high-tech stuff in their lives. In fact, the study noted a majority of millennials even agree that technology makes people less human (Suciu, 2013).
There has been an evolution of human interactions as the world moved into a digital era where billions of people are connected via an ever advancing technology boom. Technological growth has led to changes in ways in which humans interact with one another and this has brought about differences in how humans perceive one another online as opposed to in reality. Nowadays most of human interactions with other human beings are entirely online and seldom do humans make an effort to meet face-to-face.
Human interaction is more than just words; body language, gestures and the environment, are all a part of the human interaction experience. These are the aspects of human interaction that give rise to the emotional attachments people have with other human beings. But with technology only words can be used while interacting with fellow humans and this makes it absolutely difficult to be emphatic while in interaction since it is harder to know how someone feels when that someone is not present face-to-face. This gradual loss of empathy eventually results in humans being detached from one another and their own surroundings hence being less human.
Technology and Children
Human beings are social beings by nature; right from birth, humans experience this socialization and this socialization is the core of being human. Gawande (2009) once wrote:
Human beings are social creatures. We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others. We are social in a more elemental way: simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people.
The need to physically interact with other fellow human beings especially as children roots its essence in the fact that through these interactions children learn a lot about other human beings. It is through such interactions that children learn how to be responsive and how to relate to others. Human beings come into the world programmed to respond and relate to others. Even infants turn in response to the sound of a human voice. These interactions are very important in helping children develop emotionally and socially. These interactions provide a training ground for children to try out different...