I am pretty sure that people have forgotten how to interact with each other on the physical plane. The internet has allowed the world we live in to become so abstract that the very essence of genuine human contact has been partially lost. Originally, it existed in addition to the actual world before subsisting in conjunction with it. There is less need for daily social interaction and, like any skill that goes unpracticed, people are losing the ability to do it effectively. Introverts are becoming dangerously introverted and extroverts are becoming flat-out crazy. People are crafting false personas for themselves online and then attempting to carry it over into the corporeal realm and hoping that everyone keeps buying into it. What ever happened to just being honest with someone and, more importantly, yourself? I don’t care if it is weird or ugly or even boring, be who you are and say what is on your mind.
I must be spending most of my time overly cynical or exceptionally naive and idealistic because I am rarely in sync with the rest of society. While everyone else is referencing movies, television and the internet, I’m often desperately seeking someone to have a unique conversation with. We’re not just consumers of culture we are makers of culture, and I wish more people would remember that. I don’t necessarily need everyone going around painting the next Mona Lisa, but I would enjoy conversations that exist outside of referencing something everyone found hilarious on the internet. I know social networking sites make it so easy to communicate without actually saying something of any consequence, but when exactly did this madness start carrying over into my everyday life? It makes me uneasy that so many people seem so unwilling to have an actual exchange about even the most comfortable topics. I’m not asking for much, just some proof that what I have said has been heard clearly so my existence can be temporarily validated.
Despite all of the great stuff that the internet has brought directly to your face, there are plenty of things it has ruined too. Albums and correct spelling are just two items from a long list of things that the cyberverse has taken away from us forever. If possible, I would rather civil discourse and imagination remain off that list. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into the vortex of websites offering the same regurgitated jokes you see reposted everywhere. Do me a favor and go find a new person to talk to in real life and have a legitimate conversation with them. Hit up websites with original content and share some thoughts of your own, no matter how strange it might be.
For more of my thoughts on human adaptations to new technology and how I seem perpetually behind the trends and genuinely creeped out, please read Gnarled Maws and Text Faux Pas.