Technology can’t save us from an alien invasion. There, I said it. Technology has brought us closer together by letting us access information a million miles away in a second. Technology allows us to talk to family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers far away. It has created faster ways of doing things, such as travel. Yet, it has pushed us further apart and lead to social isolation.
Aristotle once said that “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.”
Humans are social creatures wanting to be with loved. Humans long for interaction and connection. The majority of us want to be with family and friends. We want to make friends. According to researchers, Oxytocin, the hormone associated with nurture and bonding is produced naturally as a response to social separation and related stress. It produces a general sense of well being. Yet, we (me included) are on our phones and laptops than ever. It is claimed that we spend 8 hours and 41 minutes a day on technology! Today, we much rather be on our phones than interact with a fellow human being. In fact, talking in person or on the phone gets kinda awkward. (Crickets chirping)
This doesn’t help when we need human interaction to solve problems. It might seem straight out of a science fiction movie, like War of the Worlds or Independence Day, but technology won’t save us from an alien invasion. It takes human interaction to come up with solutions to problems. Together, we can gather different resources, different ideas, and come up with an excellent solution. More than if we do it alone. Being invaded by aliens is a big problem!
Even though alien invasions are highly unlikely, we have problems that we need to solve on a daily basis at home or in the workplace. Isn’t it time for a paradigm shift? Isn’t it time that we promote human interaction? Hey, we need it for general well- being anyway!