Ten years ago, we had flip phones, bigger ipods and cd players. Now, I don’t know about you, but I sure miss those days where there was more time. Time to go out with friends and live life with nature in front of us, and not a screen. As with technology, there are so many controversies because words can be taken in so many different levels. I learned that it is 7% words, 38% tone and 55% body language. Yet, we are divided by a screen, more connected but disconnected than ever. There have been so many times, endless times, that I will go out with someone and the next moment I see them take out their phones. There is this need to connect, and yet a sense of no connection. I think we are all guilty of it at some point, mildly or too many times a day.
As humans beings, everything happens more and more quickly today. We can send an email in few seconds, a call is just a dial away and the shop is just down the road. Has our patience gone down and our individuality been morphed through the digital world and the media world combined to define what the world should look like? No, it shouldn’t. In a world that tells us who to be and how to see, remember this, you are one of a kind. There will always, and I mean always be people that will disagree, put you down, be negative and have something different to say. What is important, is how you react and face it. Whether you choose to ignore is, let it abuse you or become stronger from it.
From high school to university, I was so tired of hearing people saying I am getting the latest this and I’m getting the latest that. It’s no problem, if that’s what you want. But if it’s because the media tells you it’s cool, then why? Why is it that we live in conformity. I have a white chunky laptop and a phone that’s not an iphone. I never take my phone out with meals with friends, unless it’s an emergency or we’re taking photos together because talking in person is the most refreshing thing. But, I notice that many people today use phones as an escape from the conversation. Since the time that we took pictures to print them out, and look back to see those raw moments of our past, today we see the edited snapshots of the same photos. The same angles, views and trends. Don’t get me wrong because I use to use Instagram all the time, but our lives must not be defined through these public platforms.
Remember that there is a whole world out there. That for a minute, it doesn’t need you to send that text straight away, it doesn’t need you to upload the photo. How many times, famous people have said, so many people today just want a snap but don’t say Hello. Or how many of them are interviewed about what they are wearing rather than who they are. In the face of humanity, I just hope that the next generation, we will not be disconnected, but more connected. I hope that we will not be as narrow and the horizon will open. I hope they will look below the water rather than above the surface. I hope that money will not revolve but love will. That there is a world out there, more than just a screen. Don’t let it take over your social life. Don’t let it be the reason to have a more social life or to let it define who you are. You are who you are. Share experiences you love, like what you like, but don’t forget who you are on the inside.