Human connection is necessary for our survival because we are social beings. People are constantly talking about the positive and negative aspects of technology because as technology continues to grow, it is beginning to influence our interpersonal relationships.
I was initially drawn to this topic through watching the show “Black Mirror” in class. “Black Mirror” is a British series that highlights different situations in which technology has advanced to the point of affecting human behavior. The show is incredibly dark. It deals with loss, humiliation, power, deceitfulness and so on. It also deals with strange and confusing emotions that can only be generated through the futuristic technologies featured in each episode. I started to wonder if technology is more detrimental for humans than useful. Sure, we have all known information at our fingertips, but are there organic or natural aspects of being a human that we are leaving behind? Is that something that can be replaced by a computer screen?
There is no denying that technology has given us the ability to share art, information and connect with people all over the world. Still, in our everyday lives, we as social beings are not evolving. We evolve when sitting behind a computer screen or smartphone, but true intimacy and relationships are slowly slipping away.
This gallery will help show that although people are connecting with one another more, the attention given and received is artificial. I looked at the artificial connection between people, parents and children, people and nature and people with themselves. I also took the time to highlight one of two positive aspect of technology in regards to connection. This is a controversial subject; therefore it’s important to look at from each side of the coin.