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What are the effects of technology on human interaction?

Over the centuries, technology has consistently sought to improve communication, from the advent of the telephone to today’s video-conferencing software. Advances in tech have brought humans closer together; whether you happen to be looking down on this planet from a space station while conversing with mission control, or you’re a single based in the USA who has logged onto your favourite dating site to indulge in chatswith a love interest, you can thank technological advances for the ease and convenience of your interaction. 

The wonders of the worldwide dating

There are millions of websites out there, but out of the myriad genres and topics these cover, one of the fastest-growing areas is dating sites and apps. Not so long ago matchmaking websites were looked upon with a degree of disdain – a common perception was that these outlets existed for individuals who couldn’t connect with other singles anywhere else. Today, this has been exposed as a myth, with online dating a classic example of how technology is making human interaction so much more convenient. Not so long ago, potential partners would drop direct messages into each other’s inboxes. Following on from this, they might exchange images or short video clips. The next progression was realtime video-chatting further breaking down the barriers between respective site users. Nowadays some of the more explicit sites are harnessing virtual reality technology to enhance the one-on-one encounters available between their site users.

Better communication

Staying with dating as an example, technology has revolutionized the way people can touch base with prospective partners. In the recent past, singles relied on what could be termed traditional outlets, mingling with kindred spirits in bars or nightclubs; sometimes meeting strangers who happened to be on their wavelength, at other times finding it difficult to connect with compatible individuals.

According to experts from beyondthecharter, the algorithms built into modern dating sites are designed to guarantee users are paired with those who would be most suitable. Site users can also fine-tune the parameters of searches, narrowing down the results to only include people they would feel most comfortable getting to know better. So before you have even embarked on a series of direct messages to someone you’d like to get to know better, technology has been working behind the scenes, ensuring you are only introduced to compatible singles.

Apps designed for convenience

There are apps for pretty much any type of human interaction you care to think about, but the dating versions are certainly amongst the most convenient. There are countless variations, and they can all be downloaded to nestle neatly amongst the other apps on any smart device. You could readily use your favorite dating app in conjunction with other aspects of your social media, checking on the background of prospective partners by consulting their Facebook or Instagram feeds to get an impression of their personality and background interests before reaching out to them with direct messages via the matching app. Apps are designed to be slick and streamlined, with easy navigation when you are browsing through them wherever you happen to be.

Close together but far apart

Technology has brought people together in so many ways, enabling singles to chat with people from a diverse range of settings. Paradoxically, it has also driven certain individuals apart. The allure of the glowing screen, granting access to so many areas of interest, can become all-consuming. A common enough sight is to see a couple sitting in a restaurant or coffee bar, intent on the mobile phones clutched in their palms, slaves to technology, rather than enjoying stimulating one-on-one interaction.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Aug. 04, 2020

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