Unchained Melody

Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence. -Jack White, White Stripes

That was pulled from a recent Verge article where White, who was recently appointed as Record Store Day Ambassador, makes the observation that people tend to resist real world experiences in favor of the virtual experiences they get from 1′s and 0′s – like MP3′s, video games and the Internet.

I think there’s some truth to that. A regular theme that I touch upon within my comics is that sense of alienation – how despite technology, people are now arguably more disconnected from one another when it comes to face-to-face contact. Go to a restaurant, and you’ll see a table full of teens staring at their screens – preferring to text rather than talk. I think certain people feel more of a connection to their devices than they do with real people.

What do you think? Are we more connected because of technology, or is technology in some way, making us more disconnected?
Share your thoughts on the subject in the coments below.

-Krishna

About the author

Krishna Sadasivam creates custom comics and illustrations for organizations, magazines and companies. A champion of comics advocacy, Krishna speaks, blogs, and writes articles on illustration and sequential arts techniques and the importance of the comics medium in both education and brand awareness. His clients have included Microsoft, Mashable, Other World Computing and EE Times. His work has been featured on many notable websites, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CNET. His portfolio can be found at krishnadraws.com.

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  • Daniel JenkinsReply
    February 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I vote both. People are becoming more and more connected with other people, talking, opening up, making connections all around the world. However, because of this amazing new technology opening up more and more windows and methods, we are becoming not as comfortable with face-to-face. Personally, I prefer Skype, as it is the best of both

  • Kevin RubinReply
    February 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I think technology has made us more connected with more people, but less connected with people in our physical presence.

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