I read a quote. The name of the author escapes me. The content stuck.
The gist of the comment was that the internet has not created anything new. It simply provides an easier way to do things we were already doing. Insightful.
The internet is certainly a positive thing; I use it a lot. But every miracle has it’s price. Here’s four problems. I’m certain there are more:
#1. People don’t talk to each other. Human interaction has been compromised. We’re chained to smart phones. You can trade a thousand text messages with somebody but when you try to call that person they don’t answer.
#2. Everybody thinks they are a movie producer/director. It’s difficult to imagine why people record and share the most bizarre situations…once uploaded these antics have a life of their own. Daniel Tosh built a career around YouTube and he’s eager to tell his audience that fact repeatedly. Smart guy.
#3. Nobody cares what you had for breakfast. Or what your kids did last night at the dance recital, where you went on vacation (except criminals) or your mood today. It reminds me of those endless newsletters people used to circulate at Christmas. If we were good friends, I would know everything about your life because you would have told me – in person. In a conversation. Over a glass of wine. Or a dinner. Etc. But please, no pictures of your vacation. No one even looks at the pictures they take of themselves. Just enjoy the vacation. Relax and turn off your phone. You won’t die.
#4. People have stopped spelling (or can’t) or compose a sentence. But they’ll use 10 exclamation points after a comment. One is enough. And if you don’t answer a text message instantly something must be wrong. Are you mad??????????
I read a statistic that people look at their smart phones EVERY SIX MINUTES. Most sleep with the darn thing.
I use technology every day, but thankfully I don’t have to enter a 12-step program to address any addiction to it. I actually believe there’s a ground swell of support to go back to the art of conversation. That would be a good thing in business and in life.