It’s Me! Is That You!
Helloooooooo! Welcome to my very first blog. I am glad you took the time to come and visit me here in the blogosphere.
I want to get right into my topic because I think it is an important one. Why are you here?
Not in the literal sense (I mean your here because your parents went out for dinner and a movie one night, had a bit too much wine, and boom!) I am talking about the physical sense. Why are you here, visiting my blog. Visiting any blog! On the Intraweb at all!
We (the people) spend a lot of time on the world wide web, searching for stuff, getting the news of the day, buying things for our homes, booking a vacation or just creeping on people thru Facebook (you know you do). Well I’am here to tell you to STOP IT! At least tone it down a little bit, especially in public!
I am not against technology or the internet (obviously, I am writing a blog, so I want people to be on the web), or even instant communication like text messaging or Twitter. I am against people being on it 24/7. Can someone please tell me why we need to have access to technology and the internet and communication all the time? Has it really made our lives significantly better or just more saturated with information and distraction we don’t need!
The biggest pain in the a** (that’s ass, if you didn’t get that) is the smartphone! A smartphone it may be, but I feel that it is making us (the people) dumber. Dumb, dumb dumber! Here is a scenario that I am sure many of you can identify with.
- Your out shopping and your going into the store. You would like to go in, but unfortunately you can’t because someone is standing in the middle of the doorway with their smartphone in their face, looking at god knows what, not even aware that they are blocking people form going in (by the way, you can replace store entrance with top/bottom of escalator, the self check-out, it’s happening everywhere). When they finally realise that they make a really good door, you would think that they would politely move aside right? Wrong! It’s as if you are at fault for disturbing them from the most important thing that has ever existed in the universe. Sorry, my bad for wanting to get by you.
Now I have to preface that scenario by saying that not everyone acts like that, thankfully. But it is becoming more and more prevelent in our society, and that’s troubling to me. As this younger generation becomes more enamored with technology at their fingertips, they become less interested in the people around them. They seem to ignore their surroundings because the one on the screen is much more interesting and interactive. So they think!
The older generation is not without fault in this as well. Speaking from experience, it’s not easy to put down your tablet or smartphone when you find something interesting, right. But then you find yourself checking out the most absurd taglines and stories that are lame. Who cares what celebrity X did on their last vacation (the tag line “the photos will shock you”). The only thing that is shocking is that you can’t for the life of you figure out why you thought that was remotely interesting in the first place. Almost as if it becomes addicting to “surf the net”. I think it kinda does.
There in lies the rub. I think we all need to shut off our computers, tablets and smartphones and do an inventory of just how much we browse the web, send text messages or use Twitter or Snapchat, Facebook, etc. Are we wasting too much of our time doing these things? Maybe? Maybe not? I guess what I am saying is that ‘I think’ that people are wasting too much time on the web and instant communication. I don’t believe it brings any of us closer to another human being. I do think that we believe it does.
What truly brings people together are activities WITH each other. Even if it’s just your immediate family, or maybe it’s with your friends or the team you play on or the club that you belong too. Seeing their face and hearing their voice, that’s the real deal. You want to chat with someone, Call Them! I can’t hear the happiness in there text message but I certainly can when I hear their voice and see their expressions. Maybe video chat is the wave of the future! Who know’s.
Enjoy being on the internet, using Facebook to see what old fiends are up to. Use Twitter to give yourself a voice in the big old world. Snapchat something interesting that you have done. Just remember, all this technology gives us great advantages and value when we need to get some things done. THEN GET OFF OF IT! All caps means I’m yelling, right? Good!
The web sometimes just seems to be the new loitering place for the younger generation (and some of the older generation too).