A Friendly Study

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.

During this 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.

Maintaining 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.  

It feels important to remind children and adults alike what friendship means in its raw physical presence as well as through a screen.