Saturday, June 27, 2009

"I Arrive on Time, I'm Never Fashionable"

The advent of communication technology has drastically, and negatively, altered the manner in which we socially interact.

Truth be told, there is a way for us to be digitally connected without losing, what I believe to be, the importance of social interaction.  Unfortunately, we haven't reached the place where we are able to do so.

There's a great deal of information that is available today in ways that were simply impossible 20 years ago.  The upside is that mankind has proven to be incredibly productive.  Sadly, this productivity has come at the expense of regressing social traditions and common courtesy.

Think, for a second, about how natural the phrase "running late" has become.  I can't even front, because I myself have pulled this card on a number of occasions in the past.  The problem lies in trying to be at too many places at once; trying to accomplish more than possible in 24 hours. 

Communicating on blackberries or texting on phones at dinner and/or clubs (a pet peeve of mine) make it impossible to live in the moment.  I've always contended that cell phones killed the party scene in college. Prior to cell phones every party had potential.  After cell phones, if a party was bad and that information became available through the wire, it was a straight wrap.  Mull that one over if you happened to be in the purple bubble circa 2002.

We risk losing, in the hustle and bustle of trying to be more productive, our sense of respect for one another, which I would argue is important in a world where human interaction is becoming increasingly unnecessary.

The game plan this summer and beyond is put the phone away and arrive on time, never fashionably late.  For the sake of maintaining the sanctity of humanity, I encourage you to do the same.

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