Will you have the chance to look someone in the eye to see what emotion they are really feeling? Can you have a face to face conversation? How about a handshake? What about a hug? A kiss? These are HUMAN interactions that may seem to be out of style, old school or even impossible to do these days.
Let me say first off, I do not have a tech-phobia. I am not a proponent of no cell phones, computers or televisions even. I work at a school that has a Bring Your Own Device (or technology) policy and love it! I do see the need, though, for us to hold on to the all important REAL-HUMAN-INTERACTION without the support of such things.
We need to giggle with each other. We need to listen to one another. We need to have fun in each other’s company without staring at a screen or even answering a call. Some of us are so addicted to all of our “techy” devices. I admit, when my phone, buzzes, beeps or sings, I have the anxiety of reaching for it. I find it exciting to hear it’s beckon and then comforting to check the call. I get that. I know the feeling of it’s draw. I really enjoy reading blogs and finding great articles via twitter. I am not saying I am up on all technological devices, social media, etc., but I’m willing to learn anything. These things excite me, but they should never take the place of a friend or steal time from a family member.
So, here is what I’m saying —from a gal who understands the “need” we have for technology–we have to keep in mind that we still need each other’s attention. We need to be face to face. We should get to know each other using traditional ways as well as the new ways. Don’t get so caught up in looking at that bright light that illuminates from an ipod, ipad, computer, etc. screen—think about the light that illuminates from a human eye, a bright smile or a kind word. Let’s not give up on those things AND let’s make certain we teach our children this! While technology is here to help us all communicate more often and easier, remember that we don’t want to hide behind technology.
EVERYONE still needs REAL-HUMAN-INTERACTION.