We all have been guilty of complaining that new technology has actually moved people away from each other, shutting us in our little virtual worlds. But is that always the case? There are technological innovations that have bought people closer by reviving communication and love for humanity. There are some important ways in which technology has made a part of a tight-knit sphere of community and acceptance.
For instance, let us take a look at online gaming. Whether its is Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing games (MMORPGs) or simpler games that people tend to play with others, this has bought us together in a community- the ‘gaming community’. And being a part of a community not only gives a sense of meaning to a person’s online presence, but also makes them feel like they are needed and they are a part of something bigger than themselves- a need that we all have in social relationships.
If you have ever gambled online, you know the effect the community can have on you. It is often speculated that people play online bingo mostly for the social experience that the game offers them. Though the bingo promotions and contests may be huge, people tend to stick to the game and stay loyal to the site because of the social features that they offer. There is always a way to find some lovely people in the chat rooms and to have an endless discussions about anything and everything.
So maybe now is the time to look at technology from a different lens. Instead of thinking of innovations as the portal to humanity’s doom, we should look at it from a wider perspective and figure out the ways it is helping us express ourselves better than we have ever had.