Whilst traveling home on the train tonight a friend remarked about how the simple art of conversation has died out and everyone seems to be on some kind of mobile device or other. I could only hang my head in shame, as I am one of those people!
What on earth did we do before mobile phones and technology? How did we amuse ourselves? It seems like such a long time ago, it’s hard to imagine a life without gadgets.
I couldn’t tell you the last time I read a book, well, one where I hard to turn real paper pages anyway or did a crossword where I had to actually hold a pen. I do all my research on Google and my learning on Youtube. I send mail to friends that arrives instantly and not within a week, better still I don’t even have to put a stamp on it. I meet lots of fantasic people (yes that’s you lot) without having to physically fly all over the world or even show my face. When you sit down and think about it, it’s actually pretty amazing!
Of course, as we all know, there are two sides to every coin and the sad thing is, that while we are busy interacting with whatever it is currently holding our attention online, we are sometimes neglectful of real life. I’ve seen us sometimes in restaurants, where someone pulls a funny face, someone else takes a photo and then uploads it to Facebook, and within 5 minutes the whole table is on their phone looking for a slice of the action. When did “Oh this looks like fun lets take a picture” become “There’s another one for Facebook”, that said we have taken some really funny and embarrassing photographs!
I don’t use Facebook and awful lot, well except for Candy Crush, in fact every other week I threaten to deactivate for one reason or another. I’m not fond of the security issues, the advertising or the fact that unless you have everything locked down a simple ‘like’ can send your post all over the world. In all honesty though that’s never really going to happen to me, as mine are always either very mundane or stolen and shared from someone else.
Twitter, well that’s a whole other kettle of fish. I am completely clueless, a fact that I am sure anyone who follows me can verify. If Twitter were a pool, I’d be drowning right about now.
I was however very sad to hear that Facebook have purchased Whatsapp. I would say it has to be the most used app on my phone. I even paid for it, I liked it that much, but now I have a bad feeling that something beautiful is going to become tainted and ugly. I hope I am wrong.
Could I cope without social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (blog not included)? Yes I could. Could I live without the internet?……noooo way!!
Whilst I said above I hadn’t read a book in a long time, I don’t miss it, because thanks to gadgetry and the internet I can read lots of amazing blogs and meet new people. I can find other things to stimulate my brain as efficiently as a crossword does and if required I can set down my tablet and strike up a conversation with a stranger.
There’s hope for me yet, what about you?