social_media_zombies

This image speaks very loudly. The walking dead in a complete trance drooling onto their iPhones and Androids blissfully unaware of what is going on in the world they are now so ‘connected’ to. The earth in the background could be a burnt out husk and no-one would even care as long as the cell towers did not stop working. It is a very apropos for these times, especially since the whole zombie craze was revived once again with “The Walking Dead”. Everywhere anybody goes nowadays people are glued to their phones, tablets or other technology devices. It is an inescapable reality. Are all these devices that exist today to make us “more connected” really serving that purpose? I was born before the advent of cell phones and computers. If you wanted to reach out to someone you either called them, speaking not texting, or you met them in person. That way is much more personal then how society does it today. If you had a real friend you would see them, this involves action on both peoples part, thats what servicing a friendship is about. Taking the action, spending the time, expending the energy to cultivate a friendship. Today you can have several hundred Facebook friends and the only energy needed is the flip of your finger scrolling down a posting page on your cellphone. What is it thats being looked at anyway? Whats being seen? A meme or perhaps what they ate for lunch and where they ate it. A thought for the day along with a selfie and a huge plastic grin showing anyone looking that where they are is ‘THE PLACE TO BE’! Do you feel any closer to said person, or is it just voyeurism? Probably both. Personally I do not believe in it. I am not immune to having the internet at the tip of my fingers, but I temper my time spent on the web purposefully. I do not want to turn into one of the victims shown up in this picture. Social media just seems so cheap to me. Many uninformed people posting their opinions about anything and everything. Do I want to take the time to verify what some friend of a friend is saying about an artist, politician, or athlete who is a spokesman for a tennis shoe company, the answer is no.