Technological advancements have transformed our lives throughout the years. While it does pose some complications, it also comes with countless benefits. One such advantage is connectivity. Technology has brought us close together by allowing us to stay connected no matter where we are. It has helped foster relationships and allowed long-distance relationships to not only survive but also thrive.
Even with relations that aren’t separated by geographical distance, but more of a psychological gap, especially where introverts are concerned- technology has allowed them to express themselves in a deeper way without the stress of actually meeting in person. The physical distance has actually helped people express themselves better than they would have in person.
So, let’s take a look at more opinions on how technology has helped people connect better;
- Connects us Beyond Geographical Borders
“The technological boom has made the world smaller. Contact with the opposite side of the planet no longer means days of travel and careful planning, but can be brought to the palm of your hand or the light of your laptop screen.
“There was once a time when relationships relied strictly on location. To form or maintain a relationship well- you needed to live within the same area, live a similar lifestyle, and depend on consistent in-person interaction.” (Jeremy Goldstein)
- Continuity In Relationships
“Technology has expanded the relationship–both familial and romantic- from the confines of your eye line to the breadth of the developed world. Conversations can be continued beyond the same room, and relationships can be developed throughout travel, work, and living in different locations.
“Technology allows us to build close relationships in a way never seen in human history, bridging the space between us through video chat, texting, calling, and other creative mediums that bring us closer together even while far away.”
Jeremy Goldstein, the CEO of Navitar
- It Improves Communication
“The invention of mobile phones in the late 20th century simplified communication making long distances seem like a mile away. With one simple call, you can talk to your spouse, friend, or child while at work if you need emotional support. In addition, video calling reunited families and close friends geographically separated at affordable rates. People could share the thoughts that run through their minds.” (Harriet Chan)
- Enables Better Team Collaboration
“Workers can communicate in real-time to foster teamwork using collaboration tools and video conferencing platforms like Skype or Zoom. Also, employers can share their memos via email or group chats on WhatsApp or Telegram and improve the onboarding experiences for applicants from across the globe.” (Harriet Chan)
- It Brings People Together From Different Backgrounds
“The social media boom has made the world a small place through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok. People from different walks of life befriend and follow each other on these platforms, leading to strong bonds. Social channels make it easier for individuals to relate and connect with people from different regions.” (Harriet Chan)
- Provides Information That Lacks In School
“Through the internet, individuals no longer need to visit shrines or religious places to gain a deeper understanding of life. Spiritual teachers and philosophers have uploaded their teaching, tutorials, and links to connect deeply with your inner self, some even providing free lessons through short clips on the web.”
Harriet Chan, Co-Founder of CocoFinder
- Keeps Us Connected Through the Pandemic
“Technology is the only thing that is keeping us connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. If we look back at the times of other pandemics that people have encountered, it was difficult to stay connected with their loved ones amidst the disastrous situations. Although we like to believe that technology negatively impacts human connections, I like to think that it has made it easier to connect with mutuals and acquaintances.
“I have met many of my and my friend’s mutuals in real life with whom I initially connected through Facebook. One of the best things I like about technology is that it’s possible to connect with people even though you might not understand their languages.”
Kaitlyn Rayment, CEO WePC
- Virtual Reality Helps Connect Us In Virtual Settings
“Technology is rapidly advancing; With the use of virtual reality apps like Oculus Venues, we are now able to meet with others in physical settings as well as communicating over text. This comes at the perfect time, as the pandemic has robbed many of us of the social interaction that we crave and the sense of belonging that we need to feel integrated with society as a whole.
“With virtual reality, many of these creature comforts are bestowed back unto us. For example, VR allows us to watch concerts with friends, sit in virtual reality cinemas, and even meet new people in virtual parks. All of these exciting new novelties come with the added advantage of giving the user a ‘physical body’, as well as hands to use when gesturing and communicating with others.
“Technology has made it so much easier to connect deeply with others, and in some ways, actually supersedes the ‘real world experience’. After all, how often can you travel to space with your friends, go fishing together, and visit a virtual café, all in under an hour? This is all made possible from the comfort of your home and without the need for travel.
“These are things that modern technology is designed for: rapidly facilitating new connections and having new experiences with others in novel environments. Technology can help us connect much more deeply, and this will become increasingly clear as it continues to advance.”
Brian Turner, Chief Technology Officer at ConvertBinary