As an advertising and public relations major, it is my responsibility to influence people through the world of media that surrounds them. This is why the idea of civil inattention and stranger sociability fascinates me. While I see media as a way of communicating, there are opposing views that feel media has become a roadblock when it comes to the way that humans are interacting with one another in today’s society. Digital tools are changing the people that interact, and as millennial and someone that has grown up in this society it is a norm to me personally. Older generations such as my grandparents talk about the introduction of computers, emails, and even cell phones. When I first got a cell phone around the age of 12, social media such as MySpace also began to blow up.
With these new technologies, they became the next big thing to have in the 2000s. Today, we are able to communicate to one another through the click of a button. Not only are we able to communicate vocally, but the click of the button also can bring up a visual video of someone from across the world. While all of these technologies that are still reasonably new are natural to me, the discussion about Google Glass seemed dreamlike and almost abnormal. While a common problem in society is seen as too many people and their noses in their phones, the idea of Google Glass takes that a step further. By physically making this electronic means of communication the first thing you interact with, we lose the motivation to actually strive for human interaction.
Along with Google Glass, one additional upcoming technology that amazes me is Oculus. Oculus is meant to be a virtual reality and is predicted to be here in about 5 years. While this at first seems like a real-life video game in front of your eyes, I feel that it will transform civic life and how people interact even more than it is intended. Another benefit of this product is the use of it for training in life situations such as training in a new job. For example, they are predicting that Medical professionals will be using virtual realities such as Oculus in educating other or even preparation for surgery. This could go even further than hospital rooms and one day even be used in the office for meetings. What was one called a day at the office could be turned into a day in the bedroom, and our relationships with our co-workers could turn into strictly business talk if we are only communicating from our rooms. While I am a person that is constantly influenced by the use of technologies, I am also big for communicating to others in genuine ways. With these new inventions, I fear that society could lose their will to build relationships with one another if life is constantly being made “easier” or technology-savvy.