Online dating makes imminent sense. Meet in cyberspace. How technologically erudite, streamlined for these times of narcissistic online indulgence. People are tethered to their phones; a head-down indulgence that consumes when we walk, sit, even drive. It is an addiction. Our social lives are mostly contingent upon a much hoped for text, a coveted invitation, a message from a seemingly hot online contender, an event to optimize more online opportunities. We’re relegated to a technological contrivance which controls our destiny day to day. It makes for hypnotically dependent beings who barely notice their surroundings. Prince charming might literally be headed our way if only the person could raise their noggin to initiate contact – a glance would do.
Isolation often tends to be the end result of this self-involved preoccupation. At Starbucks I’m always amazed by all the people sitting together yet subsumed in alone time on their computers, cell phones, technological device of choice. They don’t engage. If this phenomenon creates opportunity, and I’m told it does though I cannot quantify it, I’d like more credible facts that are reliable.
Google is Transformative Spoon Fed Pablum
Perhaps my pre-mobile phone life that encompassed years without this reliance qualifies me to know more than those who would be handicapped, literally, without their phones. They’d actually have to think for themselves. Observe others. Be in the ‘now’. Accomplish a task in three steps rather than by google dependence streamlined to take you fast where you choose to go. Google is transformative spoon fed pablum. Is the ability to do things faster a thing of happiness. Is the sheer convenience of rapid information gathering a pleaser that makes us more content? We surely have a plethora of information available to us yet wisdom feels diminished. Many are uninformed or misinformed and sought after by certain political persuasions. It’s a game changer but upon examination does it enhance our lives for the better?
It has surely altered the political landscape; it lures votes – a decided advantage for the Democratic Party. They discovered how to shape their political skills utilizing behavioral science – that is, mastering the art of capturing preference using data driven pandering to arouse passions and tell voters exactly what each wants to hear, often for the wrong reasons, which can and has enabled deceptively played winning elections. It quite literally captivates individual voters by associating favorable information with the candidate the technology promotes. Its success has been aptly demonstrated in Barack Obama’s two presidential elections. This big data war has in effect re-engineered polling as it targets individual affinities.
Is this a good thing? You decide!
Are we increasingly more isolated than before and clearly influenced by the persuasive messages we’re solicited by even when we’re unaware it is happening. Yes. Indeed we are. Virtual communication eliminates the tactile touchy feel good non-verbal communication that comes only with face-to-face relatedness. The screen for some, seems to have replaced the polis and the market place. We’re often seemingly together but in absentia without the warmth of others nearby who choose to be with us unencumbered by technology – a decidedly more liberating experience than our self imposed solitude with a device that leaves us alone.