How Will Technology Impact the Future of Interpersonal Relationships?

Shmuel Fischler, LCSW-C · March 21, 2018

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Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and texting are all powerful tools for building new relationships and strengthening the ones that you already have. With many more technological advances on the horizon, interpersonal relationships are sure to keep changing with the times.

More Connection Than Ever Before

There are so many ways to stay connected thanks to technology, from emailing on laptops to using FaceTime on mobile phones. Some of the newest advances in technology include virtual and augmented reality experiences. This technology will allow couples to stay connected from anywhere in the world and feel like they are sitting in the same room. Imagine watching television on the couch with your significant other, only they are on a business trip 500 miles away, and you’re sitting in your apartment! The promises of VR technology are incredibly exciting for friendships, romantic relationships and even professional relationships.

Sharing Your Life

Sharing your life with friends, family and partners is an important part of staying connected. Technology allows people to share moments more than ever before with messages, photos, videos, music and apps. It isn’t just young people whose interpersonal relationships can benefit from more connection with others. A recent study introduced modern communication technologies to senior citizens who were homebound. The ability to find like-minded friends online and keep in touch with grandchildren improved both quality of life and happiness.

Care for Those Who Need It

Those who experience difficulties in interpersonal relationships but who struggle to find and access the right care can also benefit from advances in mental health care and therapy. Today’s therapists aren’t just accessible in traditional office settings with old leather couches. Instead, technology can connect mental health workers with individuals in need. Mobile devices offer doctors and professionals new ways to assess problems, monitor progress and understand patients better. Some of the newest mental health apps and tech advances have lowered barriers to treatment since they offer convenience and support to patients anywhere in the globe.

The Potential Downsides

While the future of technology is bright, it won’t come without drawbacks. Many teenagers and young adults who heavily use social media and technology instead of spending time with friends in person report higher levels of depression. A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine examined young adult depression rates and found a strong correlation between depression and time spent on social media. Those who spent a great deal of time on social media also experienced decreased satisfaction with their relationships, decreased mood and low levels of life satisfaction.

Improve Your Interpersonal Relationships with CBT Baltimore 

Keeping your online and in-person relationships healthy can be difficult. If you find yourself interested in improving the relationships around you with or without technology, reach out to CBT Baltimore at 443-470-9815. We would love to help.