There was a time in my life when computers were not all over, there were no cell phones in everyone's hand and if you wanted to listen to a certain song, you had to hit fast forward or rewind on your cassette tape. I remember these days and even though I was only a kid, it seemed a simpler way of life. I miss it.
Nowadays, if you walk by 10 people on the street, you're guaranteed to find at least 9 of them on an electronic device (either talking, playing a game, or listening to music). Does this affect us though? It definitely does.
When I was a teenager, I used to get phone calls from my friends. We would talk about the stupidest things for hours on end. We didn't have email, Facebook, texting; we were social in a way that teens these days don't understand because they've never done it. I fear it's affecting the way people are growing up, doing business, and living their lives.
So many people hide behind their phones, computers, and Facebook pages. They have so few real people or conversations in their lives. They'd rather message someone than actually pick up the phone. They have no social skills because of this.
Technology is moving at a speeding rate. People so focused on doing more, creating more, and engulfing their lives in it. Whatever happened to playing a board game with good ol' dice and paper money? What was so wrong with doing things the long way rather than the quick and easy way?
The iPhone was not enough so Apple had to make an iPad. The computer was not enough so they had to make a lap top. But then the lap top got smaller and smaller. And then they just decided to make your phone a mini lap top.
Vinyl rocks but it's too ancient so let's make 8-tracks. No wait, cassette tapes. Wait, CDs, those are way better. Who uses CDs anymore, ever hear of an MP3? What is next? Are they going to make a chip to insert into your body that play music in your ears and can double as a phone? Better yet, just make us robots and be done with it. We are so addicted to technology it's all over us anyways. Being a robot is like the same thing, no?
When is enough enough? Don't get me wrong I'm on the computer every day. I use it for work and for writing. I have an iPhone and there are some good qualities to it. I love the internet. Who doesn't? I love having our whole music collection on the computer for ease of listening. But again, when is enough enough.
When Jared and I first lived together, he'd be on the computer every night until late doing work or a project. If he wasn't doing that, we'd watch TV or a movie in bed. Then it was the laptop in bed and now unfortunately it's the iPhone in bed. I don't feel like I'm ever alone with my husband anymore. There is always some type of technology standing in the way. When is the last time you and a loved one spent an entire day, just the two of you without any technology? I can't even say we ever had. There has always been a cell phone, a CD, a TV, or something.
It saddens me really. One hundred years ago, people sat around together making the music and entertaining themselves. They weren't ever bored because they had each other and were social. Maybe it was hard for them to find the best restaurant in town without the Internet and reviews. I bet they even wished they had a cell phone for when they were in the woods lost. But they lived a simpler way of life and I dare to say even a happier one.
I found out recently that Connecticut is basically the most unhappy state in the country (CT was 49 and NY was 50). How can a whole state of people be so unhappy they tip the charts. If we throw out our technology and got to know loved ones, co workers, and strangers again in person, maybe we'd be a happier society as a whole. But I dare one person to admit they agree with me. You're all to obsessed with your technology to care or make a difference. And if you don't believe me, did you hear about that guy in Japan who "married" a girl in a video game? I rest my case...