Questions relationships created via technology

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 8, 2014 

It is absolutely outstanding to see how quickly technology changes, and therefore changing the world around it. I recently learned in my communications class at WWU that the top 10 high-demand jobs in 2013 did not exist in 2004 and that we are currently preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist. Technology, such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., is advancing at a rapid pace. I feel that so much attention is being put on how this will impact our jobs, education, communication, etc. However, my concerns lay rather on how technology will impact the relationships between human beings.

People often add me on Facebook in an effort to get to know me better, and I will accept their request with the same goal in mind. It is convenient, sure. Yet, I cannot help but realize that my parents did not have Facebook when they met. They got to know each other face-to-face, not behind the screens of two computers in completely different locations. In my personal opinion, a relationship that forms itself through in-person interaction must be stronger than one formed through typing characters on a keyboard. So, my question is this: Does the convenience of technological communication make personal relationships less genuine? I am curious to see how human relationships change alongside technology within my lifetime.

Kendyl Barney

Bellingham

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