You see it every day and so do I.
Technology and mobile devices have infiltrated our lives. People may be physically shoulder to shoulder, but has technology brought us closer together or is it making us more isolated? Eugene Ramirez responded to that question via Twitter. “For the singles group, we’re forgetting how to approach people out and about. We socialize/flirt better online. Sad!”
I see it every day on the Metrorail. People are butt cheek to butt cheek, but are on their devices and don’t even know anyone else is there. Here are some shots I took during my short commute today.
I see it in the gym. How do I say hi when I can hear Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It” blasting out of the iPod? HOW?!?
I see a couple at a romantic dinner and they’re both on their PDA’s. In the back seats of cars, a brother and a sister are watching two different DVD’s on two different players with headphones on. And I see it in meetings. People are responding to texts, e-mails and even taking phone calls in a formal meeting setting. I call it, “The new rude.” According to an article published in Advertising Age, even one in 10 under the age of 25 said they would answer a text during sex!
Look at this shot I grabbed at breakfast last Christmas morning at Roasters’ n Toasters in Pinecrest:
Is this gentleman waiting for a phone call from Obama? Santa? Aren’t the stock markets closed?
Is this theater patron in the midst of a hostile takeover of Microsoft and waiting for Carl Icahn to call?
Do people really get this happy when they score an iPad?
I’m kind of at a loss so help me out here. Are we suddenly like cats and always want to be on the other side of the door? Have we lost touch? Would you answer a text during sex? Has technology brought us closer together or farther apart? Why?
“Love the one you’re with.” -Stephen Stills