The Relationship Between Technology And Long Distance Relationships

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Technology is an integral part of most people’s lives today. Recent studies report that approximately 62.5% of the world’s population are smartphone users (Boal). This number is only expected to increase, reaching a whopping 90% by the year 2020 (Mlot). Another study shows that 58% of smartphone users do not typically go more than one hour without checking their phones (“Lookout”). Whether for work or entertainment, the majority of people use some form of technology at least one time per day. Though many of the immediate benefits of this technology are apparent, some argue that the same technology that makes life easier for so many is at the same time pushing them apart from one another. Acknowledging the fact that many good things have at …show more content…
Though the families may have a close bond and intimate relationship, once they become separated by distance, their communication becomes very slow and inefficient weakening, their relationship over time. The problem that distance creates for relationships becomes a large obstacle, which is difficult to overcome. With technology, this obstacle becomes much smaller. Some argue that even with technology it is impossible to maintain an intimate long distance relationship. Author Aaron S. B. Weiner states that “research examining [long distance] friendships has illustrated that these relationships can be close” (Weiner 622). Video chatting, texting, and calling all allow easy communication at large distances. Families are able to utilize these tools to maintain their relationships, no matter where they are. A perfect example of this, highlighted by Stefana Broadbent, is that of a Brazilian couple currently living in Italy.They are occasionally able to place a computer on their dining room table and have dinner with their family back in Sao Paulo via webcam (Broadbent). Their situation is not a unique one. Many people, not just families, use technology to stay in contact when they can no longer see each other in person, allowing their relationships to continue on past the point where it would have otherwise been forced to …show more content…
Technology, namely computers, allow some people with disabilities such as deafness to communicate in a similar fashion as most other people. Technology has become so essential in the lives of the deaf that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) recently “established a National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to enable low-income individuals who are deaf-blind to access 21st Century communications services” (“FCC Acts”). By using technology, the deaf are able to communicate with others without being seen as simply a deaf person or being talked down to due to their disability. Without technology people such as these find it more difficult to communicate on a day to day basis. The deaf, for example, use a completely different language than most other people in the world, severely limiting the amount of people they can create relationships and interact with without technology. It is important that people have positive social interactions regularly. According to one mental health article, “a lack of such social relationships and support may have grave consequences” (Mickus and Luz). Technology allows these people to create intimate relationships with people who they otherwise would not even be able to communicate

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