Text by Amy Dardis
We live in a world where everyone is constantly connected yet struggling to connect. We’re overwhelmed with emails, texts, news feeds, notifications, likes, comments, pins, tweets, shares, updates, and alerts. Day to day life is noisy, automated, streamed, and synced. Checking our phone while having coffee with a friend is considered socially acceptable and most people would rather communicate through email, text, or social media rather than over the phone or in person.
Technology is advancing all the time and affects the way we do business, the way we communicate, and the way we live. But one thing that has not changed and never will is our deep rooted desire to connect with others. We need connection, crave connection, and seek out connection. Technology offers a facade of authentic connection but fails to deliver the real thing. A typed email just doesn’t have the same effect as a hand written letter. A text filled with emojis lacks the same level of emotion that you can hear in someone’s voice over the phone, chatting over messenger isn’t anywhere near as intimate as meeting for coffee, and applications like Skype or Facetime can never replace real physical connection like holding hands or hugging someone you care about.