Monday, May 30, 2016

Direct Connect

The development of technology has made things easier yet we encounter difficulties. Transport systems are getting better and it is easier to travel and meet friends… yet we do not meet them as easily because we put off actually going to meet them. We feel that we can easily do it some other time and we put it off. Earlier, when travelling was difficult, we would put the extra effort in planning and putting the plan into action.

When telephones were a rare luxury, people would travel distances to connect with each other. And if they could not travel, they would communicate through letters by postal service. Now, since we have excellent communication facilities at our service, we know that it is easy to call anyone at any time… and hence we put off making that call or sending that email.

However, far worse is when we choose to stay away even when in close proximity.
In this era of the Internet, two colleagues sitting next to each other, choose to share jokes (and laughter) through e-mail, rather than turn their chairs to face each other and enjoy the joke. Technology is becoming the bane for personal connections.

A philosopher lamented, ‘Human relations have become a luxury’. We must use technology to improve communication, and not to create distance. Connecting directly strengthens bonding in relationships. We are humans, not machines. It is our instinct as well as our need to be touched by direct communication. Hence, we must step out of the technology trap and choose direct connections.

People love that human touch: a friendly pat on the back, a handwritten note, the gift of time! People will forget what you said... people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel. When we can connect directly, why shouldn’t we? Of course, we can use technology to facilitate more direct connections…

Not a trap, technology should be a tool…
Surely direct connections are truly cool!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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