In many ways, technology has also disconnected us. Back then, kung mababasted ka, harap-harapan talaga. Ngayon sa chat na lang. Kung ikaw ang babae, para hindi masyadong makasakit. Kung ikaw ang lalaki, para hindi ka masyadong masaktan. But also technology has insulated us from pain as well as genuine joy.
Maybe that’s why it’s a challenge now to determine what is real from what is virtual feeling. You can express what you feel even if you don’t feel it at all. And some kids call it “love.” In a sense, text messages have “protexted” us from what is real.
Virtual reality has become our shield so we can hide from terrible agony brought to us by the people around us. Perhaps, that’s why only a few people now can find it easy to look directly in the eyes. Our eyes are now trained to look at the screen more often than we look at the eyes of the people we share our coffee or lunch or dinner with.
Connection is made between the person and the computer screen rather than the people we are supposed to connect with.