Some thoughts and questions:
Maybe we have quicker access to more connections than ever before, but at what cost?
Are we losing the connection to our actual surroundings, our natural world, and our universe in favor of experiencing life through the view of a small digital rectangle? Are we losing the connection to nearby people in our actual surroundings in favor of communicating superficial tweets and likes through that small digital rectangle? Are we replacing verbal communications and carefully constructed paragraphs with the text message composed of a mash of characters that barely resembles a sentence?
It seems like the new normal for a lot of people is to stare down at their phones instead of interacting with the people around them during any opportunity in which they can get away with it. At work, in classrooms, at the dinner table, on the street, at a restaurant, at a concert, at a sporting event, and even in the company of friends. Lost connections and missed opportunities.
If an experience occurs and there’s no social media selfie photo or status update about it, does it still count? Is a restaurant meal only worth eating if it’s iphone’d, instagram’d, and tweeted? Have we become so self-centered and hyper-attention-seeking that we think hundreds of mere acquaintances will want to know that we just got back from a workout, or that we were stuck in traffic on our way home, or that we just enjoyed a drink, or that we baked gluten-free cookies today, or that we can quote a line from song lyrics or movie dialogue, or we just watched Breaking Bad or Walking Dead, or that we just read an article, or that our baby has chocolate cupcake all over his face?
Is this behavior really about connecting with friends or is more like an attention-seeking narcissistic celebration of ourselves in the virtual presence of acquaintances?
I hope this story of our present “always connected” society has a happy ending, and maybe we are just in the growing pains of social technology, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for all the phone addicts to sober-up.
Connection lost; poor signal. Searching for new connection. No connections found.
P.S. This video very artistically and efficiently demonstrates the social impact of smartphones:
Watch “I forgot my phone” on youtube.
Images that I adopted for this entry:
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