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I think our reality has been distorted by technology, particularly social media. People are able to portray their lives in whatever manner they choose. For instance, on Facebook, people often post pictures of their brand new homes, their new cars, vacations etc. They can control the tiny glimpse than their hundreds or thousands of friends get to see into their lives. In turn, some of us feel as if that person is successful and everything we should be, and sometimes we may feel that we have failed somewhere in life because we don't have those type of pictures to post.
Technology has also taken us away from reality, because it gives us a false sense of progression. In other words, technology always speaks of development, which is not always the case. There are times in history where nations and cultures take a few steps back. Think of the Middle Ages. In light of this, technology gives us a false sense of optimism.
Film and television content is now available more widely than it was just a few years ago. There is a natural and obvious disconnection from reality when we watch movies, even if it is temporary and also fairly normal in today's world.
This momentary escape is available to us on our phones, computers, and televisions and we also see TV screens in many restaurants and public places. Entering a fantasy has probably never been easier.
I would say that technology can remove us from reality but it doesn't necessarily have to. The social media certainly removed much of our face to face interactions, but technology can also put those interactions back. My son can talk to his grandparents over video chat and have a personal connection with them that he wouldn't have without technology.
There are other ways that technology removes us from reality. Video games is a prime example. Many people become lost in the world of MMOs (masively multiplayer online games). They start to value the fake world of the game above their real life. They might skip work or miss out on other events to spend time in the game world. They might feel more of a connection to other characters and players in the game than they feel to real people around them.
Technology has changed the pace and frequency with which we are bombarded by "fictional messages" but not the fact that we form our opinions based on them. Media has always been to some extent subjective. I think the main way in which we have been somewhat divorced from reality due to technology has to do with our involvement with social media, which can allow us to avoid "face-to-face" relations.
In the sense that we are bombarded with constant "entertainment" in the form of television, movies, music, and games, yes, there is a certain separation between our daily lives and what is really going on in the world.
When we think about important issues, how much is our judgment and knowledge informed by fictional messages, and how much is based on what's really going on?
Even the news is subject to the personal decisions and viewpoints of the people who present it.
I suppose you could say that it has done this by removing us from having face to face interactions. Instead of talking to people, we communicate with them on Facebook or in other ways like that. Some people argue that this is a much less authentic way of actually connecting with people.
I would not say that technology has taken us completely away from reality, but it does allow a person to escape from reality at times. What I mean is that some people can look at things that are far beyond their reach: multimillion dollar homes, exotic vacations, and virtual tours of places they may never see. On the other hand, people can also see things that ground them in reality (like news clips and photos) which show the world to be a very horrible place.
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