March 22, 2014
In today's day and age technology has become increasingly more apart of our everyday life. With smartphones we are connected to the whole world right in the palm of our hand. For today's Peaceful World Conversation at The Red Victorian we discussed our dependence on technology/social media along with the pros and cons. We all agreed that it is something that many people become addicted to, continually updating our status', posting photos, and keeping up with those around us. Many people merely use it as a way to stay connected a contact book of sorts and find it to be very practical. It is an easy way to see what family members have been up to especially when distance comes into play. Social media sites have reconnected lost lovers, friends, and family members with a simple click. It has also been an easy way to spread awareness, with the vast range that the internet can reach people can be told about any injustice happening in the world. For example a women in Ukrainian made a video which went viral exposing the riots and struggle her people were going through. People all over the world saw her video and posted, shared, exposing the truth. These are all pros of ways that we use technology along with social media, but there are also cons. The cons being that natural communication between humans is being lost. The interaction of chatting with someone on the bus, asking for directions, or even sending a letter has almost become obsolete. With online relationships there has become a shallowness in emotional depth. We have become more concentrated on how many people like our photo or making in known where we are and with who. There has become a hollowness in our communication with one another a synthetic cyber life.
By hosting these weekly conversations we are trying to invoke, spark, ignite, and inspire a higher level of communication than we have become accustomed to. We want you to take the topics you read about here, or in our conversations and bring them home with you. Share them with yours friends and family. Sit down at a table together, print out your photos from your latest trip, send a letter. Peace starts with us, communication is peace. START TODAY! :)