Let’s blame it on technology
We often hear people say, “Gosh, things were so much better, easier & simpler when we were younger”.
Ever wondered why?
The answer is pretty simple.
Back then you had friends, now you have Facebook friends!
Given the advancement in technology today, people actually are becoming more social and more interactive with others, but we need to realize that using this new technology should not replace real-life interactions.
Today, through social media, text messaging, and emails, we can instantly communicate with anyone at the drop of a pin, but social networking websites have changed social interaction from a personal encounter, to an impersonal practice that is putting today’s youth at a strong disadvantage in life. It is playing a huge role in the youth’s inability to verbally communicate.
Personable skills gained through direct communication are crucial things to develop while you're still learning. However with Instagram, Twitter, texting, Skype, Facebook, all in the palms of our hands, it's so much easier to just keep to yourself rather than live in the moment with friends and family. Sure, all of those things previously mentioned are GREAT to communicate with people distanced from you. On the flip side though, too many people rely on those networks to develop the relationships a person needs IN PERSON.
Of course, there is a time and a place for tech – there are so many wonderful tools out there to stay connected to family & friends, to learn and grow, and to explore new concepts and ideas. But it’s time now that we realized that there’s no replacement for quality one-on-one time with a loved one. No matter what technological innovations come about, no matter how many screens we can swipe, let’s not lose the physical touch.
At AIESEC we believe in the theory,” take” time out don’t “Tech” time out! We strongly feel the need to interact in the real world, with real people and real conversations. We follow a very strict office culture, where peers meet and discuss ideas on a regular basis. General body meeting are held every month where the entire local body assembles to learn what has been going on in our local chapter. AIESEC also allows young leaders to be part of innovative learning circles, where you share ideas and interact with individuals in a group to discuss topics relevant to the youth.
To sum it up, technology can be helpful and bring us together, or it can be a terrible thing that tears us apart. There's really no one opinion on this, it’s all on you how you chose to use technology.
So ditch the phone and talk to someone, out loud!