In America, we pride ourselves on our independence. We have the Declaration of Independence and celebrate every July the fourth as Independence Day. We, the free people, have the right to
make decisions for ourselves unless we commit crimes that force us to lose our decision-making rights. This level of independence is great, but like most other things, we have taken independence to the extreme.
I'm becoming more an more aware of how the developments of technologies and cultural norms that are meant to bring us together have, in fact, isolated us. We have barriers in the form of social media and smart phones that are meant to connect us, but they put a wall between us and human connection and interaction in real life.
When was the last time you touched someone and hugged someone? Do you hold meetings in person or in teleconferences?
We're so afraid of being codependent, the opposite extreme to this level of personal independence, that we neglect human contact on a real, personal level. Before long our technology will interact for us, so we can sit behind our computers and be independent, but independently alone. We'll lose all ability to have that deep, personal connection with people that makes life so rich and valuable to each and every one of us.
Connect with someone in real life today because you can!