by Sean Tepper
Remember the good old days when the internet did not exist, and radio and newspapers were the only viable form of information?
Remember the good old days when you had to send an actual letter to your aunt that lives in New York instead of hastily typing an e-mail?
Remember the good old days when you would go home and play outside instead of instinctively running to your TV to play Xbox?
Well neither do I.
Now on a more serious note, can anyone imagine how boring it must have been without DirecTV and its 500 plus channels, or how difficult life must have been without the world wide lifeline known as the internet… because I for sure as hell can’t.
Let’s just face it: whether we like it or not, today’s society is dependent on technology.
The question that we as a society have to ask ourselves is the following: Does technology improve the quality of our lives?
Technology definitely increases our efficiency. There is no question about that. Now I know that that sounds positive, but are we as a society suffering from efficiency overload?
Take communication for example. Whatever happened to face-to-face communication? Is it dead? Nowadays, students will e-mail their teachers with questions as opposed to meeting with them; or business people would gladly exchange a lengthy, inconvenient in-person meeting for a much more expedient teleconference. When one does get that rare encounter in-person, whether in a professional or social context, iPhones and Blackberries are constantly checked for new e-mails and/or incoming text messages. We expect to be connected with everyone at all times.
And it is there that we as a generation fail.
Before I continue, I would like to make it abundantly clear that I am as addicted to technology as the next person. I live by cell-phone and die by my Xbox. I am not a technology hater; I just think that it has turned our generation into a generation of incapable morons.
Now don’t start getting mad at me, because if you would stop staring at your Blackberry and take a minute to actually think this over, then you would know that I am right.
How many times have you told yourself that you will sit down and write an essay, but instead get distracted by a friend who commented on your Facebook status?
How many times have you sat down with a close friend or family member and had to put you conversation on pause because you had to reply to an extremely important text message.
How many times have you had your class interrupted by a student who was too inconsiderate to turn off her cell phone because she couldn’t bear the thought of being disconnected from her social life for two fucking hours!
Think about how terrible this is.
The reason that we go to school is to receive an education that will help us secure a job opportunity at some point in the near future.
However, we are incapable of doing this because little miss JAP in the next seat over is too busy texting her friends that are chilling in the “Jew Caf.”
Now I would have no problem with this girl texting her friends if there was an emergency, but you know that this is not the case. On the contrary, her conversation probably resembles something like this:
JAP in your class: OMG did u c wat that girl was wearing today?
JAP’s friend: OMG it was sooo grossss.
JAP in your class: I rly wanna go 2 Starbucks and get a latte. This class is soooooo boring. Y do we need to learn grammar anyways?
JAP’s friend: I know! It’s so stupid right! I’ll c u l8ter.
It’s time that we as a generation admit to the world that while technology was created to make it easier to succeed, all that it has done is turn us into a generation that is barely capable of whipping our asses without our cell phone, laptop, iPod and Game Boy by our sides.
But hey, at least it has allowed us to coordinate our coffee breaks!