Continuing on my theme of Positives and Negatives about our modern world in 2011 from before:
I was listening to a local radio show the other day. It was one of those shows where everybody calls in to complain. The host pulled a fast one and instructed everyone that before they could call in with a negative comment, they had to call in with a positive one. So here are some more of what I think is positive and negative in our current day and age:
Positive:All this connectivity. I really think all this connectivity is really cool! I like being to be able to text and work and send emails and look at Facebook while I am drinking Starbuck's and driving in my car...I'm kidding.
I find it absolutely fascinating and still a little magical how it all works. That I can pull up just about any information about any subject at anytime. That I know the goings-on of my family 2200 miles away. That I can look at the real estate industry and get information instantaneously as it comes out. That I can network with other professionals without having to get out of my robe. (Hence, no video conferencing camera). I wish I looked like the guy at the left. I pretty much look like this guy below...Again, that is why no video conferencing.
It is all pretty cool and I think allows for the exponential development of ideas and concepts, as well as helping me feel connected with people thousands of miles away without having to pick up a phone!
Negative: All this connectivity. I do not have to pick up a phone. I don't really need to reach out to someone to have a certain amount of relationship with them. I also think the fact that all this information is available at our fingertips has allowed us to become lacsidaisical about actually learning things. Why memorize it when I can Google it? And now with my smart phone on me all the time, I don't have to be!
I also think that social media sites can create relationships that seem like real relationships, but aren't really. I may feel like I know someone because I read their blog and correspond with them- but I have never met them, and do not really know what their like. I think it can create a placebo for actual, real interaction. I say placebo because it feels real, but does not truly have the same effect as interacting with a living, breathing, warm human being. You can't Man Hug on Facebook. They need a "Man Hug" icon in addition to the "Thumbs Up".