Has technology affected your ability to communicate with other people? If so, to what extent, and are there any examples of when it affected you for better or worse?
Of course it has. Perhaps it is an age question and the life’s experiences you gather that you use the social connections to your advantage. My facebook presence is limited to a few comments I might make to various other comments, but I do not write myself very much. Admittedly my WordPress site arrives through cross posting on my community site in Facebook, but not on the general soap site.
I am surprised how many arguments and revenge symptoms appear on facebook. My facebook is there because I have a connection to my old school site and have met again many old colleagues. I have connections to various sites from my origins in London. I even found a colleague I last saw when I was 10 years old before she emigrated to Australia with her family. And the girl that sat in front of me in the class in 1957 in my primary school. We are now both grandmothers. When my father was still alive and in his care home I had contact with his carers and was always up to date. It is difficult as the only child to still maintain contact when you live a couple of hundred miles away in another country. The messenger system is wonderful for private correspondence and photo connection.
Not everything about technology is bad, you just have to keep your head on your shoulders and use it for your own purpose. Of course if I suddenly get a friend request from an American serviceman showing a photo that looks more like a body buider in a wet t-shirt, I am flattered before I delete the request. As you can see from the photo, I only share my online secrets with my cat, she keeps it to herself.
It is just a matter of common sense.