In the recent movie “Warm Bodies” a potential inference can be made that we, humans and all of our technological advances, are indirectly responsible for the zombie apocalypse. This may be an inference that is just simply someone reading way too deep into a simple love story.
This is not the first time that lack of communication has been cited as society’s downfall.
We revel in the advances we have made in the world of technology, but can we say it has brought us closer together? Many would say that we are even further apart than we were before, by way of making the world closer together.
Those who grew up with these technological advances face the dilemma of not knowing how to interact with each other. Many may roll their eyes at these, as they hear these same complaints from the older generations. It is considered rude to pay more attention to the beeping device in your hand than the person you are actually with. Or, it was.
What is this teaching those who can type a message faster than they can write a sentence? With technology, we have the luxury of time. We can think about what we write and go back and delete something if we didn’t. In a face-to-face conversation, that luxury isn’t afforded and we must be able to censor ourselves as the thought travels from brain to mouth. If not, it serves to create tension filled situations. The skill of censoring ourselves is being lost. There isn’t a delete button on life’s mistakes. There are only reparations.
Another complaint is the lack of editing oneself on the Internet and in texts. Spelling and grammar have gone out the window, in favor of shorthand and increasingly common slang that can confuse anyone who hasn’t caught on to the latest round of acronyms. The grammar teachers of yesteryear are rolling in their graves at the increase of “ain’t” that is used in postings all over the Internet.
We have developed a dependency on technology that will only increase as more automation is put in place to ease life. It will be a hard habit to break, but it is necessary to remember the skills we will need to know should our world of shiny buttons suddenly go dark.
Social media increases social interaction, this is true, but physical interaction is something that is necessary to society. Or else, we may be responsible for the masses of connection-seeking zombies that reside outside of the edges of society, that we inadvertently put there ourselves as our want of technology consumes us more.