I’m not going to lie, I’m probably addicted to Facebook. And e-mail. And I always have at least one form of technology on me.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize how unhealthy all of that is. Yes, technology has done great things. Just today, my friend was feeling sick, and couldn’t attend our Bible Study, so we called her and sang Christmas carols. And it was as if she was in the room with us. Crazy cool. But don’t you ever feel too connected?
Just the other day, I had made lunch plans with a friend. We settled on which cafeteria we would go to, but she changed her mind 2 hours before lunch. She emailed me, and assumed that I would check my email before lunch. I did not, however, and ended up going to the ‘wrong’ cafeteria. And she had the GALL to yell at me for ditching her, simply because I didn’t check my email for a 2-hour time period.
Sometimes, I feel as though technology is taking the place of relationships. Instead of talking to people, we get to type to them. Instead of making new friends, we Skype with our old ones. Instead of going shopping, we shop online. Instead of embracing who we are, we become different people on Facebook. And how many times have you seen people playing on their phones instead of being present?
And please, don’t even get me started on Facebook. Facebook allows us to shape our image, in this creepy way, by posting the BEST pictures of us as our profile picture, and by putting witty comments as our statuses. It leads to shallow relationships, and the feeling that quantity of friends is more important than quality. Is it any wonder that new studies are showing that Facebook leads to narcissism? One of my friends, who is quite reliable, told me that studies say that in the next generation, 1/3 kids will be clinically narcissistic. Do you know what that means? 1/3 kids will have absolutely NO empathy, and will have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Great. Just great.
Oh, and let us not forget about TWITTER. Oh, Twitter. It’s like a blog for people with short attention spans. And it seems to be just another form of instant satisfaction that is slowly leading to a completely empathy-less generation.
But really, who am I to talk? I have a Twitter account. (although I don’t use it). I am on Facebook all the time. Without e-mail, I would be lost. So please forgive me for this intensely hypocritical blog.