We are The Technology Generation. Raised in an era of digital advancement, we’ve grown dependent on technology. While it improves our quality of life in more ways than none, it also has numerous detrimental effects. As Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Unfortunately he’s talking about us…
It all starts with history’s greatest irony. Social networking creates new opportunities for us to stay connected every day, and although we spend hours communicating with others online, we now neglect those who actually surround us. The point of social media is to expand our social territory, but neglecting interactions with those around us defeats the ‘social’ aspect.
What do your Snapchat stories mostly consist of? 👻🐶👻
— OpinionPanel (@OpinionPanelEd) December 2, 2016
Phones are carried everywhere nowadays, which is understandable. What if there’s an emergency? What if you’re lost? There are various ways that our phones make life easier, but that’s not the problem. We’ve gone far beyond using phones to satisfy our needs, and it’s almost like we’ve become slaves to them. One ping and people stop, mid-conversation, to answer someone else’s message. It’s been proven that human attention spans are deteriorating. We don’t realise how trapped we are by digital living.
It’s scary to think that asking for Wi-Fi passwords has become a more common question than “how are you?”
It’s become necessary to carry a charger everywhere, because life only lasts as long as a battery. The looks of despair worn by those out of charge and the fights over chargers while comparing low percentages, it really is disgraceful. We’re experiencing the world through screens; becoming increasingly disconnected from reality.
I’ll admit that I spend about 3 hours on my phone each day, on a good day. That’s 3 hours I could spend connecting to real people rather than the Internet. I’m not saying that we should incessantly interact with people around us, and there’s no harm in reaching out to or meeting those who are far away. It’s the fact that most people have lost the value of meaningful social interactions and are now accustomed to online communication.
It’s so easy to communicate with strangers on Twitter when they “slide in your DMs,” but it’s totally unheard of to make casual conversation with strangers at the bus stop or on the street. People have become so comfortable with using social media to communicate, that they feel more confident in their online selves – that’s someone’s entire identity depending solely on an online profile. I mean look at Instagram, one post can make or break our self esteem.
Today’s world thrives on appearance against reality. It’s all about how we appear to others as opposed to how we really are, which I like to call the “Snapchat Effect.” People have become obsessed with trying to Snapchat everything, sometimes even pretending to have fun just so that they can show off. The most miserable people at events can often be spotted Snapchatting themselves in smiles, but when the camera’s off they seem bored of existing. Why pretend you’re on an adventure just to impress people who probably couldn’t care less?
“Rather than experiencing life, people feel inclined to record it. It’s like living in the past instead of the present”
As a result of Snapchat lifestyles, recording everything has become a reflex. The moment something exciting happens, the first course of action people take is in an attempt to capture the moment. Rather than experiencing life, people feel inclined to record it. It’s like living in the past instead of the present. When did you last see a concert without cameras flashing at the artist throughout the entire show? Sometimes you want to capture memories, but what makes memories so special is their purity. One picture or video can incite a recollection; that’s all it takes!
We spend hours and hours on our phones without acknowledging time passing, and that’s dangerous. When I’m telling my grandchildren about my youth, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to tell them that my time was spent on a phone. What’s the value in that? It’s time for us to lock our phones spend our time capturing memories through our own eyes; genuinely socialising, and just living life as it comes. I mean, our parents turned out great without all this, so I’m sure we’d do just fine too. Let’s try and see, shall we?