Technologically closer, physically distant.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Texts, FaceTime - forms of social media and communication created to connect the world. Then you have mobile devices to conveniently carry all those various modes in the palm of your hand. Eyes are glued to their screen, always having a desire to constantly check up on each other’s lives. However, despite the technologically advanced virtual connection that is dominant in this country, people have found themselves more distant with each other. It has made people lazy when putting real effort to physically see someone in the flesh because they can conveniently be updated with their friends or family’s lives through the internet.
From having to call a friend on your house phone to texting to see if they are free to hang out, the voice is being replaced with texts or snapchat photos as a form of response. Some now even consider phone conversations taboo. It is no longer necessary to respond with a phone call or text back because there is so many forms of communication that people can simply choose which communication to respond with.
A simple scroll down one’s instagram feed, facebook newsfeed, twitter feed, tumblr dashboard - you name it - has created simplicity yet complexity in obtaining real sustaining relationships with others. You really notice who your real friends are because, lets face it, they’re the ones you actually MAKE effort in seeing. It is so easy to tell one another the overly used “Sorry, I’ve been busy!” excuse when inadvertently, you’ve been lazying around on your phone or laptop in bed or at another friend’s house.
Despite the fact that you already are making excuses to other friends, you find yourself still vacant at a friend’s house you are currently in because everyone is on some electronic device, snapchatting, instagramming, or facebooking away to show others how exciting their lives are…. doing nothing with their friends. Don’t get me wrong. I love the simple comfort of being able to do nothing with close friends but this generation is so widely consumed with their smartphones that they’re physically present yet mentally vacant.
It is important to enjoy one’s company. I am guilty of being one of the many consumers who gets preoccupied with my phone, always feeling the need to contact others when I’m not physically with them, giving half of my attention to the friends I am actually with in a room. From this day on, lets put those phones away unless it is really necessary and enjoy the moments you have with your friends/family/loved ones. Don’t get distracted with social media because you might just miss those non-repeatable moments.