Our phones and tablets have become the most important relationships in our lives.
Not because they sanction our personal information or catalog our daily activity and uses. Not because they can provide instant answers or even because they serve as the most effective means of sharing information with others.
Technology has become an extension of our actual selves while also providing emotional support at any given moment. It has swiftly taken the place of real-life human contact and interaction, thus creating a co-dependent relationship and a falsified sense of security.
The majority of us can’t go anywhere without our cell phones, and should the rare occasion come up where we forget it; we seem to be at a total loss of what to do, how to act, and where to look. Without a constant pulse on technology, most of us feel naked and vulnerable.
Technological devices allow us to be in constant contact with someone – anyone – at any given time and that’s comforting to most, but it’s also misleading.
Sharing memes on Facebook, participating in trending twitter hashtags, and commenting on Reddit threads is not analogous to authentic human interaction and intimacy. It merely serves as instant gratification to fill some kind of emotional void while simultaneously destabilizing your ability to interact with the world around you.
Video games are no different. Most implore you to create an avatar and an entire world within the game. Users get to create their very own little utopian society – a world where you don’t have to work at social skills or forming intimate bonds or bettering yourself as a whole.
And when enough people cave into that world of instant interaction and reinforcement, over time, it pulls at the threads of our REAL society.