“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein
I also fear the day where we believe that Einstein might have said this sentence, but whoever decided to quote you Mr. Einstein, I will have to disagree with them, because technology and human interaction do not compete; they are interrelated. In fact, technology is a medium for human interaction.
When four people are seated around a dinner table and all four have their heads down on their phones, they probably all need to find a new set of friends they really enjoy their company.
When on a subway no one talks to the other and instead people have their heads on the NYTimes website or an e-bay product, it is probably because strangers in big cities have no reason to be talking to each other in the first place.
When kids gather at night with their parents, and they are each connected to their device, the parents may as well need to become more interesting in their conversations and less boring to their kids.
When a man and a woman are out on their first date and they are both checking their phones constantly, they may as well call it their last.
If our phones are offering us the comfort of talking to our beloved ones, reading an interesting piece on the New York Times, or shopping online while on the way home, that doesn’t mean that technology is evil. It means we are the evil ones who keep using this excuse to escape our realities. The reality that we often want to talk to a lover, when mom is being boring, to chat with a funny friend when a date doesn’t have its chemistry, and to read an article when we completely don’t care about the stranger sitting next to us.
It is Ok to use technology to emphasize our benefits and human relations on the other side of the screen. But let’s not blame it on technology, because in reality technology is helping us find value through virtual spaces, in times where value is not found in physical ones.