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Jarrod,

I'm glad you had that conversation with your teenagers.

To address your question, as technology advances, we are further separated from in-person relationships. However, that's not to say that it's ruining the way relationships are formed, kept, and evolved.

People said telephones were going to ruin interpersonal relationships, but we now know that it's a great tool to keep in touch. It doesn't replace in person interaction, but it does a good job for pinging. Email and SMS ruined the art of phone calls, but it hasn't ruined our connections

In the end though, in order for relationships to evolve past a certain point, we must meet in person and share experiences together, because that is what truly creates a deep relationship in the first place.

For example, if you've met the love of your life on a dating site, at some point you have to meet that person in real life :)

That is really great news. I love it when conversations leap off the page into life and are tried on in other forums. I think it important to teach younger generations about the power of face to face, in person conversations, too.

I grew up on those and I make the effort to keep them in the mix. It is indeed tempting to think that emails and online messages are sufficient -- there comes a time when depth is required. Feeling connected also takes time. Technology serves people, not the other way around ;-)

I love this post. I used it in my high school English class yesterday to spark a discussion about the postive impacts/negative impacts of technology on our culture, relationships, education, and politics. Your ideas really got these teenagers thinking about the way their culture has embraced technology and how it affects their world view.

What I found interesting was their acknowledgement that technology often made them too lazy and too impatient. They felt that as information and connections have become so easy, that they actually do less with those. They often ignore the power of these connections that are so easily accessible. Many admitted that they actually spend less time face-to-face with friends and family now.

My question now is this: will we ever be able to harness the power of our technology to create deep and rich relationships (whether business or social), or will our technology become nothing more than a way to trick ourselves into feeling connected?

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