A critical review of how technological advancements have made individual more isolated
- Richard Florida's view
- Examples of togetherness
- The group community of true inspiration
- The Amanas
- The great change in 1932
- The present day Amana colonies
- The conditions in Japan
- The impact of the evolution of internet
Our lives are closely influenced by the technology around us. Technology has become such an integral part of our life that even if they want to escape it would be difficult to do so. So much so that even the basic profession like carpentry has been influenced by the technological developments. There is no doubt the technology has played a great role in improvising our lives and it continues to do so with constant development. However, the same technology, which has made the world a much smaller place, has also been responsible for the isolation of an individual in the society.
Every technological innovation has its own positives and negatives; no technological innovation has been without its own share of accidents. The technology has made the human life better it also continues to create unpleasant situations. An Expressway, which was designed to provide more road space for the cars, can also be the reason for the cohesion of more than 200 cars in less than 10 minutes. The invention of mobile phone has made instant communication possible regardless of the distances but it has also been the cause for isolation as there is no incentive to human to travel to meet another individual.
[...] The Japanese believe that cooperation and harmony among all members of a group is more important than an individual's desire to put his or her interests above all others. In North America, there is an extreme form of individualism and an emphasis on one's rights. In Japan, each individual is important, however, he or she is not an isolated being. Each individual is a member of a team, whether a family, an office, a neighborhood, a community, or the country. [...]
[...] With the advent of feminism, women became a driving force in the workplace causing more and more double income families. This development has had a profound effect on the socialization of the family unit. Children are taken to daycare nearly all day while one or both parents work outside of the home. No longer do neighbors go out of their way to help one another and there are very few hardships to overcome of the scale seen in the past. [...]
[...] One of the controversies is that the Internet seems to make people more isolated because the Internet has allowed many tasks that could mean spending a lot of time and traveling long distance ten years ago to be easily done without leaving one's chair. As a consequence, people neglect interaction with real people when they spend more and more time in front of the cold monitors. However, some believe the Internet does not foster isolation of individuals; instead, it provides a new way of interaction between people. [...]