Virilio touches the effect new media can have on relationships and what quality time is. He claims that the “…real time environment thanks to interactive technologies…gives new life today to the critical dimension” (10). New technology gives users the ability to be “present” with someone, even if just on a screen. Virilio argues that these new technologies are destroying the importance of being physically present with someone. He believes that we are beginning to become numb to the importance of where we physically are.
These new technologies are allowing people to have continued relationships with people outside of their physical boundaries. There are some benefits to social media, but there are some definite drawbacks to becoming reliant on the technology as well.
Virilio believes that the new technology is leading to a decline in traditional values and family importance. Importance in the sense that members of the family would rather communicate with friends than develop a cohesive unit of a family. According to a Chron article on the negative effects of social media, there is a loss of connectivity, which is a good summary of what Virilio means in this article. They state that we fail to find meaningful relationships in the real word anymore and will overestimate the meaning of a relationship that began on social media. Forbes magazine also says that social media is destroying the importance face-to-face and even voice-to-voice communication.
There are, however, some benefits to staying active on social media and appreciating the communication they allow between people who are not geographically close to each other. People overseas and far away have the opportunity to maintain relationships that aren’t restricted to only a letter or a phone call. Technology allows us to see each other. Social media is also opening doors to many different forms of support communities. These communities are evident on facebook and other social media sites, often created to support a certain cause or campaign.