Sea of Technology

I’ve always felt quite overwhelmed by technology today. It’s rare to find a person who isn’t completely wrapped up in the newest posts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. The Circle does a good job of bringing light to the truth about what kind of world we live in today.  Most people I talk to are in denial about what technology has done to humanity and I have heard lots of people shrug the book off in annoyance. Of course they are annoyed, it’s true! I could compare technology to cigarettes. The more you smoke, the worse your sense of smell and taste get. The more you smoke, the more tired you feel.. you’re obsessed, you’re addicted, you’re completely wrapped up in something that isn’t the least bit wrapped up in you. That is how technology has affected people of my era. Just like Mae, we have become transparent, too.

Mae’s world changed so drastically when she became transparent. She lost the ability to have intimate conversation with the few friends she had and her family began to take her less and less seriously. How could they trust her knowing anything they say to her would be said to the rest of the world? Mae herself even changed.. becoming less truthful and less personal with herself and everyone she came in contact with. Her life, already filled with stress and self doubt, became completely overcome with anxiety and confusion. I think this is what social media has done to my people all over the country. It’s much easier to show a “happy” face on Instagram.. but are you fulfilled in your life? Is it even possible to be completely fulfilled with distractions such as what we have today? Instagram and Twitter may have been a good idea at first,  but now they seem to be used to avoid confrontation and peoples real emotions. In a short time, Mae lost everyone that really cared about her and she fully committed to a life of transparency. In our world, I have seen so many people become so distant from their loved ones that it is practically like they have lost them because only technology holds them together.. and technology is something that can one day be inaccessible.

At the end of the day, I feel bad for Mae. It seems to me like she was an easy target.. insecure about her success and quiet about what brought her joy. Those are the kinds of people that blend right in to the world of technology and social media… a place where it’s so easy to lie, everyone practically does it.

Almost every day I look around and feel alone amongst all of my peers. I see a lot of people frowning down into their phones. When I do get to have a conversation with someone, the cell phone is a constant reminder of where their mind REALLY is. It is not with me in this conversation, it is in a virtual world, such as Twitter, reeling about the comment their ex said that might be about them.

They are either dwelling in the past or fretting about a future they haven’t even earned yet.  Like I said in paragraph one, it is rare to find someone who is not completely enthralled by technology and it’s many distractions.

 

6 thoughts on “Sea of Technology

  • September 4, 2014 at 12:16 am
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    I definitely agree with you about how everyone today seems to be enthralled with their phones and latest status updates. It seems as though the interactions on social media are much more important than real life conversations. It has become more important to know the specifics about everyone else’s life, that we eventually begin to start comparing our own lives to theirs. Furthermore, our lives begin to seem boring and dull and we become trapped into the updates and comments and lose contact with what is actually going on.

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  • September 4, 2014 at 4:07 am
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    Agreed, people are practically seduced by Instagram and other social networking sites, unknowingly (or knowingly) making ourselves more and more transparent. And I also agree with the blend of dishonesty that can be so easily conveyed through social networking sites like Twitter and it doesn’t just make us dishonest to someone else, but were also being dishonest to ourselves.

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  • September 4, 2014 at 7:05 am
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    You’re the first person who has really called our generation transparent, in relation to the book. And I think that you’re probably right, which freaks me out a little bit because I’m not so sure it’s an entirely good thing that we are constantly trying to document our lives. It’s interesting that you mention how people definitely changed their dispositions around Mae once she went fully transparent. I know the book definitely mentioned it a few times, but even still I walked away with the impression that Mae wasn’t aware of the fact. Or maybe she just didn’t mind? Either way, it’s completely true. And the book even mentioned how Mae herself was affected by the transparency, how she made conscious decisions to eat or not eat certain things, etc, as you mentioned. The conclusion that you drew, I really like. I mean, granted, it’s sad that we are living this way, but I agree with you 100% on that one. Even hopping on the elevator finds everyone looking down at their phones rather than engaging one another. Of course, I’m totally guilty of it too, and it’s something that I honestly can’t stand about myself. Somehow we’ve tricked ourselves into thinking we’re reliant on these devices and this social media, when in reality we’d probably be much better off without them.

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  • September 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
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    I have to agree with you strongly about the sense of losing one another to social media sites. It’s extremely difficult to go down the street, into a restaurant, and especially walking through campus without seeing nearly everyone staring down at their phones and completely oblivious to the world around us. Social media has unfortunately consumed a lot of this generation’s time and we’ve lost a lot of meaningful conversation skills due to it.

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  • September 5, 2014 at 1:24 am
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    I love how much I can relate to this post, especially how we share similar thoughts regarding why Eggers chose Mae, the lonesome girl as the main character and a target of this horrifying truth. I feel so annoyed when I am with my friends and they rather have their phones in their hand and text than actually stir up a conversation with me. What was the point of hanging out if you cannot even have a proper conversation with me?
    We all built this world in social networks that we forget we actually have one in reality. As we get more sucked into this digital universe, we slowly crumble down the one we could truly have in reality. If you ever get a chance, please look at this video called “Look Up,” it’s a perfect example of what our society has come to. It is also upsetting how we rather share our feelings online than actually with someone in person. Everyone seems to promote the same idea: it’s your voice in the internet. But from my side of the land, I can’t hear anything. I love how well put your thoughts are in this. Great job! 😀

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    • September 8, 2014 at 2:41 am
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      Thank you! It’s nice to hear my thoughts are put together.. they felt like a glob of long pent up feelings and thoughts about the topic of social media 🙂
      Who is the video by?

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