Digital connections create loneliness
Digital technology has penetrated every part of our lives. We google all our needs, word meanings and spell check. When we want to eat something special, we run to the internet and the same goes for travel ideas.
We google at the expense of human connections and interactions. Human connections are the only way to overcome our loneliness, feelings of isolation and isolation. Many people, especially young adults, tend to believe that digital social networks can help overcome loneliness. But it’s wrong.
Informed people and relationship experts believe that constant access to technology, especially smartphones, can prevent us from forming personal relationships. For many people, it has become a habit to pick up a smartphone whenever they have a free moment, and this behavior has made people more lonely than before.
Perhaps we have become slaves to the Internet, digital technology and encrypted communication. We live at the mercy of the Internet and its operations. Admittedly, the internet is a useful tool that simplifies our lives, but it has enslaved us to the point that we can no longer do without it.
Many people are glued to the Internet for several hours a day. All the activities that we do on the Internet are certainly not productive. When our cell phones don’t work or internet connectivity is lost, many of us go into hysteria. A few years ago, during my stay in the United States of America, I witnessed a very funny incident on a train.
I was traveling between New York and Boston. It was a scenic journey. The train travels along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, many beautiful towns and several pine forests. I sat at a window praying and thinking.
There were only eight people in a big car. All were sitting alone, deep in thought and doing their own thing. Something strange happened. A young woman in her twenties suddenly stood up in front of me and looked troubled. She was breathing heavily, her eyes wide open, holding a cell phone in her hand. While showing her phone to others, she uttered the agonizing words: “My phone has stopped working, can someone talk to me…” As she uttered these words, knowingly or unknowingly, she glared eye to everyone, took a deep breath and sat down in her seat.
Looking around, people’s reactions were interesting. One pretended not to see anything, another shook his head in disgust, two others laughed and I stared in amazement.
I complained to the young woman for her addiction to the internet and cell phone. As I felt embarrassed, I felt sorry for the embarrassment she had caused herself. How to help these young people? How to get out of this new form of dependence? And more so, how can they overcome this feeling of loneliness that their internet and related gadgets cause?
What is the cause of loneliness in human beings? Disconnection within ourselves, with disconnected people and nature. The Internet creates an apparent connectivity that is false and temporary.
He can be unreliable, erratic and impersonal. Human beings are “connected people”. You can’t live on an island. We must live in harmony with ourselves, others and the nature that sustains us.
Disconnection drives us to loneliness, emptiness, isolation, creating a void in our minds and hearts.
The internet and its applications, especially social media sites, filled with fascinating images, endless information and suggestions for our actions and attention, captivating entertainment and “social” connections keep us glued to the virtual world. This realm is impersonal, detached from normal, meaningful life, and does not meet the human need for flesh-and-blood relationships. They stimulate our basic emotions but do not satisfy the human need for meaningful connections and relationships.
The things that human beings become addicted to are always transient, temporary, nervous in nature and often harmful to our body, mind, heart and soul. They disintegrate our inner and outer life.
When we fail to keep created things in their place and use them properly, however useful they may be, they cause our destruction. So let us use them for the purpose for which they were created.
Digital technology often becomes detrimental to our real relationships. Consider the following quotes: “Social media users, post before you think.” “Digital citizens, think before you click.” “Nowadays, common sense is not so common in social media. People often use Internet communication as if they were alone on the World Wide Web.
Young adults need to know that the Internet cannot replace human connections and relationships. Perhaps digital technology can only enhance and help facilitate our communication with people with whom we are already in a bonding relationship.
Priest and school principal