Now for another one of those posts that proves to you that I don’t just “go along with” everything I read, even if it’s an article from an organization that I usually support here.
When I read things that talk about how dumb and lonely we are because of today’s social media, I glaze over… because of course, I disagree. Mind you, apparently lots of people will “like” things that they don’t even read (suggesting they’re smarter than they are)–I never do that. (Well, I did once… only to be told later that the article was promoting something I totally disagreed with!) When I’m tempted to “like” something, I think to myself that I don’t want to give the person the impression that I actually read the article.
And as for loneliness, well, I find (as do many) that social media helps to fill that gap, because you can keep in contact (like, every day) with people you couldn’t normally see very often, if at all–BUT people you already know, or family. It does NOT mean that I don’t make the effort to see them in person. In fact, if it wasn’t for Facebook, there are lots of old friends in Ottawa whom I wouldn’t even know how to find. And if I hadn’t been in contact with them, I wouldn’t even THINK to find them.
Now, I do understand that for some people, it might be a temptation to sink deeper into their loner-style. But I’m even the shyer type, and it doesn’t affect me that way… age does have something to do with it of course. But when it says (quoting a spoken word poet):
“Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill, to see no children outside and the swings hanging still. There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple. We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.”
That’s just totally not true! He’s probably referring to a future day, but even now there are lots of YOUNG people who are not the types to be on their smart phones all the time–and children are certainly not those types. When I take a walk in the park, there are still LOTS of people enjoying the park in the usual way.
The other thing the article refers to though, is how news media only shows you what they think you want to see–I hate that! I just want to see what’s news! Maybe I’ll have to go back to the TV or radio for that.
What do you think?