How a weirdo sees the world…
“Men have become the tools of their tools” – Henry David Thoreau
We live in an age of technology. Everything is digitalised from music and books, to criminal records and even relationships.
I slowly came to turns with people finding their partners on the internet, people not leaving the house because they can buy everything on the internet and people who invent their own reality by disappearing into the virtual world of videogames. I also accept that social networks are the new way of communication , and that many people think that they have 700 ‘friends’ because it says so on Facebook.
That’s alright with me, it doesn’t affect me, it’s a free country after all. What DOES affect and greatly annoys me is that you are not able to have a normal, undisturbed conversation these days!
I am at university and trying to talk to somebody here is a real nightmare. Why? Because in the course of our conversation, the other’s mobile keeps buzzing. Not only that, but the people in question always have the compulsion to reply to the – apparently life-important- messages (maybe there’s a new mental disorder developing here). When asking, after the 4th or so buzz, whether everything is ok, whether something has happened, I mostly get answers like “…just chatting…” or “Facebook”! I find this really disconcerting that the youth of today seems to be more interested in virtual than real conversation!
I see it every day: friends sitting together, but instead of talking to each other, they are all engaged in their own texts and Facebook statuses!
Conversation seems to be a dying art. Even when they are not on their phones, my friends and classmates don’t seem to be able to communicate in a ‘traditional’ way. Many of them have a headphone dangling out of one ear while talking! Are my (or somebody else’s) words not enough? Do the always need backup music! – a soundtrack to their lives? I at least feel irritated and a bit offended by this kind of behaviour. I want the other’s attention when I am talking to them. I don’t think that this is too much to ask.
If you are not even able to talk to your friends (non-electronically), how are you supposed to meet new people? …. Oh, I forgot: the internet.