Part One: Four Ways Technology Strengthens Human Connection
February 21, 2020

Part One: Four Ways Technology Strengthens Human Connection

Technology sometimes gets a bad rep when it comes to how it affects human connectivity. But, it’s not all bad. Sure, there are the constant tug of a bottomless inbox, potential for Facebook drama and the frequent Netflix binges (we’re not judging), but what about all it’s doing for us to strengthen the human connection? In this series, we’ll take a look at the good it can do to enrich our relationships.

Maintain strong relationships. Without a plane.

Distance no longer is a barrier to communication and relationships. Think about it. Fifteen years ago, you had to jump on a plane if you wanted to have a live, face-to-face conversation with a loved one. Now, you can teach Grandma to Facetime and avoid the whole “over the river and through the woods” step to connect with her. You can give a virtual tour of your new home. Want to livestream your child’s first birthday party for family? You can do that too. Or, use WhatsApp to connect with friends in family in over 180 countries. Doing the whole long-distance relationship? Technology’s got you covered.

There are a gazillion tools at the tip of your fingertips meant to eliminate barriers. It allows us to maintain stronger, more frequent connections with loved ones, even from across the globe.

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Part Four: Four Ways Technology Strengthens Human Connection

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