Sorry for the late post. I meant to do this on New Year’s Day and just got swamped with a mess of things to do the night before. I was wiped out on New Year’s morning and then as for the rest of the week, well I couldn’t settle on a topic, BUT thanks for the joys of my friends and copious amounts of liquor at an old year’s pool lime, <Seriously you guys should see yourselves drunk! You make me wanna take back up drinking> I have hit upon a thought!
The smartphone! Thanks to Corey <Narkissos> Springer and Justin <Ras Jusy> Cummins for this point. Jusy sits at the table and philosophizes “when you hold a party and people sit down, your party has been downgraded to a lime” and that’s just sour <Snicker>…
Has the smartphone changed the party for the better or are we now totally lost inside ourselves? … <Come on, who here watches The League? … No one gets that? …. O_o>
Your welcome. I am but of course here to teach & enrich.
Seriously, we can’t say the party today is an animal of the same stripe… What’s the same? Picking out an outfit, sourcing a date/ gathering the posse. We still fork out tons of ca$h for tickets/supplies & gassing up the ride and we still get lost on the way there and need directions….. What has changed? The outfit will end up in countless selfies <You gotta get them instagram likes right?>, Facebook is now ablaze that you turned up with <Insert name here> … You forked out tons on your tricked out showpiece of a phone so no V.I.P. baby, you found your way on Waze <Nav app> and then you turn up to the party and…. Everyone… everyone’s on their mobile device…
Let’s be honest though, is this such a change? Maybe the phones aren’t the problem, maybe the fault lies in us or maybe we’re just not that amicable. How hard is it to approach the common stranger even in a setting where that’s what’s expected? Can you blame us? The familiar’s just safer I guess, remember that meme in black and white of everyone reading newspapers on the train? We’ve been distracting ourselves for a long, long, long time. I guess social media and the smartphone make it easier. It combines the two concepts; distraction and ease of familiarity… but is that all…
Narcissism – We all want to be acknowledged; social media makes it too easy, mobile tech makes it too accessible and we all love the empty drug, just post, like and be liked. Our society has placed such emphasis on the digital thumbs up, money is made by it and social status is gauged by it but the major point is that its safe…We are anonymous, were in our own bubbles, were inside ourselves. Maybe its the fact that there’s no room for rejection or its the easiest path down the the river of interaction, all the pluses <it may seem> with little negatives.
Now here’s the funny thing. We have all seen the above, but it’s not the accepted norm, lol no. I checked out two studies <See the links below> that show that diving into your phone in social situations is frowned upon, but the twist is… It’s not only frowned on by the older folks <No Grandma… That’s an actual mouse, they bite, put it down> but also OUR generation.
So! Its frowned on by our generation, practiced by our generation <It may be by a small percentage, who knows?> the young eat it up and we all contribute to it. I once observed a group of kids, no older than eight, maybe ten, and all were on high-end cellphones… In a fast-food play park… Maybe smartphones have changed up the play date as well but that’s another blog! Nothing stays the same so maybe the party has just evolved but if you ever strolled along instagram lane, you may wonder if we’re all walking backwards >_<
So in closing, on this shrinking globe what has the party sacrificed? Personal interaction? Intimate conversation? Networking with new people? Has the same tech that has brought us closer also pushed us apart? Excuse me while I check my Skype, accept some friends on my Facebook and take some selfies on the Instagram. Don’t … forget to hit me up on Twitter. SWAG, YOLO
I’m your Microvangelist – Just your everyday Wonderman. Only living once one day at a time.
Big shout out to Vee and The Yeti for the help on this one!