I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
^BLESS YOUR HEART AND SOUL FOR MAKING THIS
You’ll come across people thousands of kilometres away, yet you won’t know the name of a single soul in your own neighbourhood. You’ll be able to share your life experiences with someone you met online, but you won’t be able to order pizza over the phone. You’ll commit your life to people you’ve nevermet and more than likely will never meet,yet you won’t be able to communicate properly with strangers you see in day to day errands solely because the majority of your social circle comprises of people who have only seen the refined version of yourself. The ‘flawless’ version of yourself; they only see what you want them to see.
Communicating with others is an essential aspect of human life, that’s understandable, but to take it to the extent where your immediate social encounters are being constrained and inhibited because you’ll get an anxiety attack by simply speaking to somebody face-to-face is pushing it too far.
The lack of organic communication nowadays is causing far too many psychological problems for the younger generation of this era. Things like ‘social anxiety’ and by extension, depression, for example, are prime candidates of the resulting outcomes of living such an enclosed life. Almost every single one of these 'disorders' are ‘curable’ simply by basic exposure to others within your immediate society.
I’m not saying to cut off all your online friends, but just remember to balance them out with people in your life that you’re able to grab a coffee with or share a game of monopoly; other people you’re able to see first-hand without having to board a plane.
^ People have lost the eloquence of conversation. As said… Moderation is key.