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Technology in our society

The increase in technology use is transforming Kosovo’s society from a collective one to
an individualistic one. Just by observing people walking down the streets and hallways of
institutions of higher learning or sitting in cafeterias and classrooms throughout the nation, one
can notice the exponential increase in technology use as well as modification to people’s
behaviors. While five years ago you would see groups of people walking and talking together or
accompanying their lunches or coffees with an engaging conversation, today we often observe
them enjoying their times on their smart phones. The global environment has been molded by
various technological advancements that have occurred throughout history. We reside in a period
of time where many technologies are many times deemed out-dated even before seeing the limit
of day. We are witnesses to people becoming overly dependent on technology, but not
necessarily a major change from previous generations. Technology has an exponentially
increasing impact on our daily rituals. Four decades ago, the vast majority of people would not
have considered owning mobile smart technologies that you could fit in your pocket and having
24/7 internet access as absolute necessities, glued to their handheld electronic devices, especially
in relation to social media.

The convenience of smart handheld devices is undeniable in numerous scenarios. After all,
being able to access these gadgets can mean that we seek assistance 24/7, e.g. when we find
ourselves on a deserted road, island, sinking ferry, abandoned ship, hijacked airplane, and so
forth. The humanoid relationship with such modern devices has not been as ideal as one might
like to think. These major technological advancements often mean a rather high environmental
price to pay, especially given humanity’s increasing carbon footprint, particularly when current
weather patterns are taken into consideration. More importantly, though, they assumingly also
come with their negative effect in our society, humanoid relationships in particular. More often
than not, however, we tend to hear about the positive consequences that technology has had in
our society, leaving the negative impacts aside – a potential case of stacking the evidence. We
often discuss how technology has made life easier, how we have used it to gain an understanding
of other cultures and how it has enabled us to meet people all over the world. However, we tend
to forget that technology can degrade and de-emphasize communication among people, leading
to bouts of virtual connection fatigue.
Given the progress of technology, we have reached a point where it is considered acceptable
to be detached from what used to be our close family, friends, colleagues, and supervisors. It is
safe to say that connectivity and the ability to communicate with humans has become a must.
Business people are expected to be there for their work no matter what. Accountants and analysts
are getting more surprise calls and emails than Emergency Room Physicians. Family members
are always a Skype or Viber away, no matter where in the world we are. Thus, few people can
claim how much these portable devices have de-intensified our humanoid relationships – but
only intensified our virtual ones.

technology impact

Few people can deny the convenience derived from these devices. They tend to be rather
effective and efficient, that now we are almost more than dependent upon them. As Bawaba
explains “Technology is the science and art of making and using things”. That is , we are
fortunate to live in a world where our cell phones and other handheld devices can do almost
anything, from waking us up, to protecting our homes – but not make a cup of coffee, not yet at
least. They allow us to receive and send emails and texts at any time, make conference calls,
video calls and store loads of data – as long as the internet is in full force. "Has technology
effected our humanity or our society?" (Technology: Changing, par. 1) Well, technology for sure
fails to transmit to us the feeling we get from a humanoid hand shake, a hug, or even the feeling
of arguing with someone face to face. Perhaps we are morphing into pseudo cyborgs.
Additionally, when talking about relationships, technology has also contributed to a decline
in trust between people. Technology, with a special focus on means of communication and social
media, has also increased human misunderstandings. WhatsApp shows when we last checked it,
and if we saw that someone talked to us, read the text, and didn’t reply .Some people may think
that we intentionally ignore them. We often neglect to consider that people can be busy, or
checked the posting/text and simply forgot to reply. Viber, for instance, shows to us and our
contacts the last time we were online, or even when we’re connected to the internet. Similarly,
Facebook shows when we read a message, or when we were last active in terms of posting.
Breaking up with someone you’ve been romantically involved with can easily be done through
the “delete” button on Facebook, to show our significant other how angry we are, and in a way to
make a point (University Wire, par. 4). Such instances are sometimes the sole reason for bitter
arguments amongst humans. Such behavior is making some people less friendly and less candid

– since sometimes to save a relationship, you need to make up something that was not
necessarily true.
Technology is also leading some people to experience virtual connection fatigue, e.g. overly
stressed, increasingly isolated, and being distracted. Students, for instance, might be busy and
have much homework to do, but still they’re constantly on their phones or social media.

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