I am a child of a world that is only now beginning to take shape. I’ve often said I was born too soon, though I never knew by how much. I knew I belonged in the future.
In today’s world I am hyper-connected. Through sight and sound and touch and taste and smell. And also through Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and email and 500px and texting and many, many other ways.
Via my hyper-connectivity I hear about people and parents who look at kids on their cell phones and say “those damn cell phones are destroying our ability to connect in person, face to face. Destroying the ability to connect on a personal level.”
I will concede that for some people this may indeed be the case. However those would be the same reclusive individuals of 100 years ago anyways. If anything, the technology so many whine and complain about, is actually bringing more people together. It’s just in ways that can’t readily be seen by a parent watching from another room.
The following photo shows a group of people socializing at a local pub. Two other members of the group are off camera to the right having their own discussion.
Count how many people are using their cell phones? There is only one. And that is me taking the photo on my cell phone.
Oh, all these people have only met each other over the last couple of months, some for the first time tonight. What brought them together is a game. An online game played through your cell phone.