Ah, technology. The greatest innovative idea ever. Cellphone? Check. Laptop? Check. All you need to access anything and everything in the world keep in contact with others and learn about anything your little heart desires.
But then an era of technology is over and we lose electricity.
Now what? You can’t call, message, look up something, or play a virtual game; you can’t break into your lover’s facebook to see if he or she is cheating; and the NSA has lost all its records (thankfully). Heaven forbid you pick up a dictionary or encyclopedia. The world is dark and silent and you’re left there with no knowledge of how to fend for yourself, make your own clothes and house, write a letter in cursive, (you know, because they stopped teaching that in school years ago…) what now? It’d be a mess. All the supermarkets would be depleted and there would be at least five or six people killed in the lootings for food and supplies in every store. This is how dependent we’ve become on technology. Not only has life as we know it ended, we now know nothing of how to talk with people, read body language, or entertain ourselves without it.
And this is where my story really begins.
I’m of a traditional mindset and I much prefer speaking with people in real time as opposed to making my thumbs sore and using chatspeak. As technology has progressed, we as humans have lost our ability to rely on one another for support, be it emotional or not. I can’t tell you how often I see a group of friends at the movies, in a restaurant or even when they’re hanging out at someone’s house on their cellphones and texting the people who aren’t there as opposed to talking with the ones that are. If you really can’t go a day without texting them, then invite them to hang out with you and your friends! Screw it if they don’t get along because a real life battle of words is far more interesting than using chat speak and fighting with your newfound balls over a screen and saying things you’d truly never say if they were right there in front of you. A real fight makes sense, people tend to be a bit more limited in their insults that way, because its a lot harder to be so angry and mean if you’re looking right at your intended target with tears in their eyes who later kills themselves because you told them no one cared and encouraged them to do so.
Communication, as vast as it is these days has taken a turn for the worst. Couples don’t sit down and talk about their relationship issues, friends misunderstand what you’re saying, boiling over into an even bigger issue over text. This technology fad is scary- people are obsessed and can’t leave their houses without their phones, and I’ll admit it, I feel anxious when I don’t have my phone on me as well just in case someone needs to reach me. But here’s the problem- there’s no such thing as privacy, respect, or real life interaction anymore because technology has taken these natural human tendencies and destroyed them by violating personal freedom because hackers have gotten into your email and found out your bank account information, passwords, and other personal information and stolen it. Or its your significant other who has gotten into your business and they find out that you aren’t as faithful as they thought you were and they throw a fit saying they trusted you and that they loved you and all that, when they normally wouldn’t have reacted in such a way if they hadn’t violated your privacy and internet persona in the first place (thanks Google).
No one listens to each other anymore, they don’t listen to lectures in school, they don’t pay attention while driving and get into accidents, and they have lost what it was originally like to be human. What happened to tribal meetings, get togethers, games, and parties with other people that literally had no choice but to listen or participate? Politics was a different world when technology like we have nowadays didn’t exist. They sat themselves down and looked each other in the face and discussed issues. Now they go on twitter and bash each other, making any type of consolation much more difficult, because once it’s in text, it sticks and is not nearly as easy to forget about. And now you’re left wondering why congress is divided more now than ever.
You can learn a lot more if you talk to someone in person. Things are easier to understand when in person. You can really get to know someone if its in person, not behind a screen of safety and overnight you grow a pair. Communication is suffering because of all this new technology. I met a man once who was 83 and told me that he had a facebook because that’s what everyone else was doing and he wanted to stay in the loop. I guess you either join the crowd or stay isolated, but that’s not the way it was supposed to be. People need to get back to their roots and they need to start connecting on a personal level again if we are ever to solve any of the world’s problems.