How do you imagine social interaction within 10 years?
Let me tell you a short story about ten years from now. It is 9:00am and a woman is going for a coffee while people are looking at her and giving stars from 1-5 in a mobile application, and the rating could affect her opportunities to get a new house, a better job or even affect her relationships. This story is not mine, it is a short summary of the episode "Nosedive" of the third season of Black Mirror, a British science fiction television series created by Charlie Brooker and centered around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. The first question that arises in my mind is: Is this far away from what we are living with Tinder, Facebook, Instagram, etc.? The answer is “no”. As Kimberly Moffitt said: "Social interaction is the process by which we act and react to those around us”. And technology is affecting positively and negatively how we develop human relations. This is a conversation that is keep being study in sociology and the sociologist Ervin Goffman focus on by creating a new field study called “microsociology".
Imagination is one of the most powerful opportunities human beings have. It is pretty easy to imagine a social interaction by 2027 that goes beyond limitations of physics. Since before the typewriter, beeper, iPhone and more, the way we build human relations has evolved. By 2027, social interaction will be changing constantly, as we are moving faster in developing new technologies to make it easier to be together, while we are getting more distance. And this doesn’t mean that technology is responsible of changes in human relations, because at the end humans are the ones creating it. To imagine 2027, we just need to look at what is happening now.
If I need to explain literally how social interaction would be, I would say: A lot of channels, superficial shares, no deep conversations, less connection, poor interaction and faster ways of being together. And the question that I want to raise from the question "How do you imagine social interaction within 10 years, taking into consideration the impact of technology on human relations?" is "How should human to human relations evolve by ensuring technology makes stronger connections, not weak interactions?" At the end the main purpose of social interaction is the exchange with other individuals to build our society, and technology should be a bridge, not an stop.
Yaneisha Pérez Padilla, applicant for a Dual Degree in IE University for 2018. If you have any comments or doubts, please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
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