THANKS TO THE internet, mobile phones and other technological advances, we can now communicate with people on the other side of the world at any time of day.
With the growth of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and social networking, it is even possible to strike up conversations with strangers millions of miles away about any topic.
But Relationships Ireland Chief Executive, Brendan Madden, tells TheJournal.ie today that technology can pose a threat to interpersonal relationships.
In our article about the changing face of Irish relationships, he said:
We have so many communication tools available, but the irony is that the form of communication that we most need – interpersonal communication – is less than ever. Partners can seem more absent.
Madden noted that people can “retreat” into technology, just like they would “retreat” into a newspaper.
Perhaps we avoid face-to-face conversations and instead put our energy into communicating by other means… or maybe technology has improved how we communicate with others.
So we want to know – do you think technology has affected face-to-face communication?