by Hajdi Kostova on 17th February, 2012 at 8:10 AM CEST
When I was little I used to lie on the grass looking up at the sky, wondering if there was someone else on Earth doing exactly the same. And then I’d smile because I believed that I was somehow connected to at least one person and we were laughing together. I still do that but the only difference now is that I actually have the possibility to contact someone from another part of Earth, just by sitting in front of my computer. In these moments, I enjoy the benefits of living in a connected world. But everything has its ups and downs and so does connection. Let’s explore them. The sole fact that you’re currently reading an article written by someone who’s most likely not your neighbor proves that there’s at least one benefit of living in a connected world. Everyone has an open access to information. We have e-mails that are sent and received in a matter of seconds, blogs, news, encyclopedias. You can meet new people in seconds or easily reconnect with old friends. We’re far from the times where radio and TV were the only source of information and we only knew one side of every story. We all know that Little Red Riding Hood was eaten by a bad wolf and then saved. But today, with the Internet, we’re able to read the wolf’s story, the grandmother’s story, the hunter’s story and so on… Take for example 2011 – many world changing events happened and this worldwide connection gave you the possibility to find out about them. And not only find out, but read more, explore these subjects and form your own opinion.
Red Riding Hood vs The “Bad” Wolf (picture credit)
On the other hand, the fact that you are reading this sitting in front of your computer may mean that this “connected world” only connects you virtually, while in reality it disconnects you from the ones close to you. “While technological advances will offer better opportunities for the planet, it will most probably damage our relationships. The more we become technological, the less we care about each other. With machines that help us remember birthdays, calculate for us, etc, we have the risk of becoming “techno-robots” of the future so that we will become more dependent on machines which will decrease our Emotional Quotient.” – Damla Aktan. Maybe the wolf was mean after all, why else would he disguise as Red Hood’s grandmother. Maybe we’re just crowded with too much information, unable to recognize what is true and what isn’t. And that now we’re further away from reality than we were before.
“Abe Lincoln” on the Internet (picture credit)
Both sides make a strong case. But in my opinion, if I don’t allow it, this world wide connection can’t move me away from my closest. It is only an opportunity that I decide when to use. So let’s all make sure we use it wisely.