How connected are you?

In our fast paced lives, we are becoming more and more dependent on connectivity. No matter where we go or what we do, staying connected is always on our minds. When we are not calling, we are chatting and when we’re not chatting, we are emailing, texting or even Skyping. At an age when all […]

In our fast paced lives, we are becoming more and more dependent on connectivity. No matter where we go or what we do, staying connected is always on our minds. When we are not calling, we are chatting and when we’re not chatting, we are emailing, texting or even Skyping. At an age when all it takes to stay connected is pressing a button (Oh and one needs to choose a device too), transfer of information and staying in touch has become easier than ever before. But is this revolutionary change in communication doing us only good? Read on and find out:

The Pros

  • Enhanced safety: Whatever emergency you face and wherever you face it; relaying information to emergency help services is no longer so difficult what with cell phone range becoming greater than ever through increased technology.
  • Staying in touch made easie: You’ve been experiencing this first-hand, probably. If you have an Internet connection and a web cam, you can talk to your friends and family miles away, face–to-face. It feels like you never left in the first place.
  • Work from anywhere: Cloud computing is the name of the game when it comes to telecommuting.  Whether you are sick or are on a maternity leave, you can work right from your home, thanks to the recent advancements in technology.

The Cons

  • Always being available: Well, staying in touch with your loved ones is good but always being available is not. We all need some privacy, after all and these days, it has become near to impossible.
  • There is a possibility of over-working: Telecommuting has indeed redefined your workspace, but it is making the line between private and professional life thinner and thinner too.
    When you have the entire office on a laptop, unplugging from work takes a lot of effort.
  • Detachment: Too much connectivity encourages us to detach from those close around us. Take for example how personal connections are being ignored these days.

So what do we do? Choose too little or too much connectivity?  The answer is striking a balance between the two.