Technology is more than an abstract term that refers to advanced technologies and systems that companies and end-users use to make complex activities easier and more automated. It also influences how communities and individuals act, grow, evolve, and develop, both within their own lives and interpersonal relationships. A plethora of technological devices surrounds us, from our personal computers, tablets, and phones to technology that advances medicine, research, and education behind the scenes. It will never go anywhere, but it will continue to evolve and grow. Every new technological advancement has the potential to improve people’s lives. However, it may have a harmful impact on physical and mental wellbeing in some situations.
During the globalisation era, technology has aided in bridging a global divide. This bridge has allowed millions of people to learn about the world and convey it to others in previously unimaginable ways. People can study or work from the comfort of their own homes, without needing to interact with others, thanks to the Internet’s almost unlimited supply of software, teaching materials, and learning systems. This has resulted in a rise in digital nomad word/telecommuting, as well as distance learning education systems, which has the unmotivated effect of students, staff, adults, and children losing their social skills as a result of becoming increasingly separated from others.
Furthermore, for social connections, people often use apps to meet friends or dates from the ease and solace of their own homes. This is in contrast to a previous era where people met friends and dates by mingling outside of their homes on a daily basis.
Technology has both bridged and created a void. Virtual distance is a phenomenon in which people are emotionally present but are physically separated from one another due to their total immersion in a technological device, such as a laptop or smartphone/tablet (mobile device). Couples, parents and children, and all other forms of human experiences are pushed to the background as people are preoccupied with interacting with others in digital space through their technological device.
By establishing a divide between people and reducing intimacy, technology has aided in the modification of human behaviour. However, in an age when robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly replacing humans in the workplace, this relationship between humans and machines can only evolve.
Most citizens nowadays prefer to live in the digital world to the physical world. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in a plethora of superficial relationships and a significant decrease in intimacy, both of which have a direct impact on how people operate, their beliefs and desires, and how they think about others. In addition, technology has changed children’s attitudes and experiences with others and the world, which has a direct effect on their development.
However, when applied appropriately, technology has the potential to cross gaps. For example, it has greatly enhanced global connectivity, increased the productivity of transportation and other personal and business activities, and thus provided people all over the world with the ability to communicate with others in a powerful, though different, manner.