In this TED talk, the concept of the illusion of friendship through technology is discussed. At the beginning of the talk, the presenter tells a story about how her daughter texted her to wish her good luck and that it felt like a hug. However, upon further thinking, the presenter realized that this “sip” of technological communication is merely giving her the false illusion of a hug, and that these “sips” of communication never actually add up to a “gulp” of real human interaction. She even mentioned that 15 years ago, she presented a TED talk celebrating the successes of technology while it was still new, but now, 15 years later, things feel quite different. 15 years ago, she remembers that she could use technology to better her life, and at the end of the day, unplug from it. Now, on the other hand, we are losing the ability to unplug, and with that, comes the uncomfort of being alone. However, while it feels like we are never alone anymore (which could be considered a good thing), we are actually more lonely than ever. This is because we are experiencing an illusion of companionship in replacement of real interaction.
The concepts and ideas the presenter discussed were clear and gave me a new perspective on this illusion of companionship. While technology allows us to be “connected” and stay in contact with people who are perhaps far away, it is a false illusion and is making people more “lazy” in the sense that they no longer want to make an effort to see people in real life. This will only get stronger as technology continues to progress, so it is important to recognize this idea earlier rather than later.