The age we live in is giving birth to digital natives and a digital-first society. Forming intimate relationships online comes naturally to younger generations, with these relationships being of the same emotional significance as those with people they meet in person.
Recent research shows that for 57% of teenagers today. Even though most of those friendships remain online, it doesn’t reduce their significance in the lives of those who form them.
Technologies such as augmented reality could bring a breakthrough in this area. This would enable people to interact physically and hang out with their digital friends, in digital reality, without letting them in their everyday lives.
Experts explain that other generations are also adopting digital-first behavior patterns due to the pandemics. For many, especially those who live alone, seeking online relationships is a way to escape loneliness.
We’re now entering a new era of human society, and our reality and our digital life are now mixed. But, with tech progress and advances in AI, VR, and similar technologies, it’s a matter of time before these realities merge.