Media’s Take on Being Disconnected

Recently, we have been talking about how our generation is connected to a screen almost all the time. Compared to past generations, we are more involved with our digital personas than we are with our real life. Many people have done research on the Millennial generation, and the negative psychological and sociological impacts that being so digitally connected have had. I found a movie called Disconnect that develops these cons into a interwoven plotline.

The story develops the plotlines of a number of different people and the ways that they are impacted by being so connected. The story dramatizes what happens when people are disconnected from one another, and how they try to get back to personal relationships.

Do you think its possible to get back to being connected on a personal level? What would it take for you to put away your phone for 24 hours? Do you have times or places that you keep tech-free?

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2 Responses to Media’s Take on Being Disconnected

  1. celineni says:

    I definitely feel like it is possible to get back to being an individual that is connected on a personal level to my surroundings, however as a society that is back to being connected on a personal level may be close to impossible. Many times, my phone has gone out of commission leaving me phoneless for weeks and even a month long. When abroad in London, I did not have my smartphone, no one did, therefore people were more connected to the present than ever. These long periods of time that give me no option but to pay attention to the present have given me a better perspective of how I want to spend my time. When I did not have my phone to escape from situations, it built my relationships with the people around me therefore keeping me connected to individuals on a personal level. Even with social media, it was difficult to get wireless connection for much of the time so we had to rely on personally calling or texting people if we wanted to meet up.

    As for a society, it is more difficult to teach these lessons of putting your phone away to enjoy the present. It is impossible to take away everyone’s phones for a day because almost every bit of our society depends on the ease of communication with each other; not only for personal reasons but this dependence of technology has made a huge presence in business, politics, etc.

    A solution for this disconnected issue is to start with disciplining the younger generations early on in life. There is an abundance of technology in our world that we have no control over the consumption of it. However we can educate individuals to be as tech-free as possible– use it when beneficial but not abuse it. It’s the abuse of technology and the innocence of not even knowing the problem that plagues today’s world.

  2. ebosco24 says:

    Being disconnected from society and overly connected to your phone, tablet, or laptop is an issue that just about everyone who has stepped into the modern age deals with. We’re constantly amazed by the wonders of technology and sometimes think that the key to happiness is having the shiniest new tech toy. This is where we’re wrong. Tech gadgets can help us be more efficient and allow us to absorb more information and be more easily connected with media but they cannot help us be happy. Happiness comes from sharing experiences with people you care about. Everyone can have their own definition of happiness, but in my eyes, that definition cannot be based around an object.
    I think the solution to this problem is pretty simple, actually. We need to be a happier people. We need to be better sharers. We need to be kinder to one another, smile at strangers more often, and dance and sing in the streets when we feel like it. Why not?
    If we can begin to have more fun with each other, then we’ll look less often to our iPhones for something to do while going about our day. If we can realize just how unsatisfying it is to scroll through Twitter all day, we can realize just how great it can be to meet new friends and share your day’s experiences with them instead of your “followers”.

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