It is important that as our relationship with technology evolves, our ability to communicate in the physical world isn’t left behind.
A friendly study is the
preliminary half of a twofold project exploring the importance of friendship,
see’ Maintain Friendships Offline’ for the later half. A Friendly Study documents a workshop I carried out with a group 10 - 11 yr olds. In which we explored the importance of friendship with the children and what it means to them in the digital age.
era of instant communication and global connection people are reporting to feel
ever more isolated and alone – as cashiers become robots who
obsess over the
unexpected items in bagging area, and people find comfort in texting rather
than face up to a vocal conversation.
strong friendships and positive relationships in the physical world is a real-world
firewall to the feeling of loneliness that affects so many. The indispensable support
networks that are a product of strong positive friendships are integral to innate
human – pack animal – feelings of security
and happiness. The momentary gratification from an Instagram like does not fill
this void. A virtual pack of thousands of supporting followers doesn’t equate to
a someone you can rely on to come over and make you laugh when you feel blue.
feels important to remind children and adults alike what friendship means in
its raw physical presence as well as through a screen.