It hit me like a ton of bricks. Already? I must be seeing things. I needed confirmation. The honeymoon was over. Confusion, anger, resentment were among the vast emotions that surged through my consciousness. It was the equivalent of being abruptly woken during a pleasant dream (you know the type wink). Just like that I’d been disconnected, literally. Thrown into a land where no modern-day young adult dare dwell. All I could say was nxaaaaa!!!!! This wasn’t normal, or was it? Virtual reality and reality had blurred boundaries. It was inevitable but still I felt shortchanged. Errrrrr time for an intervention. SYSTEM ERROR!!!!
This age of smartphones and social networks have made the world smaller and more connected than ever, with the likes of Whatsapp, Facebook, MXit (if you’re retro like that), WeChat, SnapChat, Viber, Twitter, Instagram etc. Hooray for Whatsapp and Facebook bundles that have turned our phones into paramount “body parts”. If the phones could talk, hehehe I can imagine the stories they would tell.
Social sites have actually made us less social (the irony smh). People would rather IM or email someone than have a face-to-face encounter. Check around where young adults are seated (i.e. kombis, parks, even in class). That now-famous, sinisterly awkward, crouched position with the hands near the crotch area, for a nice finish, which I was henceforth call “The Zombie Look”.
It’s sad how people in such close proximity can be so detached from each other. I swear the next person to be twiddling their fingers on their phone when I’m talking to them is getting a slap. Socializing has been restricted to data and Wi-Fi connectivity, literally entrapping our minds, while at the same time minimizing our production. No wonder why our parents think we’re lazy. The introduction of touchscreen phones isn’t helping each. Back in the day you knew when to let up your thumbs started aching from typing but now…..
Nothing is private anymore. Seriously, NOTHING! Bitter exs uploading nudes of their now ex-girlfriends just for spite. Chat screenshots “leaking” to expose misdemeanors. Our lives aren’t our lives anymore. The NSA (National Security Agency) prying into social networks by intercepting conversations on social media sites (without people’s knowledge) and they’re like, “We only intercept non-American traffic”, like that’s supposed to lower our eyebrows shrugs.
Technology is supposed to aide our lives NOT take over it. Events of movies like the Terminator series and more recently, Westworld, are starting to hit a bit too close to home. We even have a humanoid that was granted citizenship. I’m not saying trash your expensive (mostly anyway) gadgets but have time for the world that is larger than your LCD/AMOLED/LPS/TFT screen.
Let’s live more, let’s love more, let’s do more. If your weekly achievement is based is chat-based and cannot be rationally measured, you need intervention.
That’s my 2 cents on that. Feel free to add the remaining 98.