The first topic I would like to address is in reference to this week’s blog prompt video. I do not think that Americans necessarily would pay for the Japanese services seen in the video. For one, I do not think that people would settle down from their go-go-go-go lifestyle to cuddle with an absolute strange for $80. But then again, maybe they would, considering the fact that Americans pay for strippers and prostitutes.
Switching gears, I most certainly think that technology has an influence on close relationships. While texting and social media sites have given us the capability to stay in constant contact with one another, just how meaningful are our interactions on these sites or via text? Personally, I would say that I do not really have any desire or purpose to stay in touch with the majority of my Facebook friends. Most of them I hardly even know and am very unlikely to ever interact with again. How many of you can say that each and every one of your Facebook friends are people that you keep in touch with on a regular basis? Or do you really just “keep in touch” by looking at their new photos? While I am grateful to know that, for example, my friends from high school, look like they are having fun in college, how meaningful is “liking” their new picture? It makes us feel like we are more in touch with them than we really are. In reality, we probably have not talked to them since graduation day.
However, I do not intend to imply that texting and social media are entirely negative to maintaining our friendships and relationships. I am incredibly grateful for iMessage, which allows me to keep in touch with my best friend from high school, who deleted her Facebook and who has always been incredibly bad at returning phone calls. If it were not for texting, we would have no way of telling each other something that happened to us today that we wish the other one had been there for. Or making each other’s day by shooting each other a text saying “remember that time….”
Ultimately, I think that human interactions are changing for the worse. While I do think that technology is helping societies interact in ways that were never possible before. Likewise, I think that friendships and relationships are becoming less meaningful based on our constant capability to communicate with one another, which I think leads to under appreciating the importance of our friends and loved ones.