Why Can’t We?

There’s a new commercial airing that really makes a statement about our reliance on technology. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about chinet. A woman is walking an “Exhibit of the Lost Art”, a rather dark place with lighted glass boxes where you can see people actually engaging in conversation. Wow, is that considered a relic now?
You can hear the narrator talking about how we visit “home pages” instead of one another’s homes, and how we don’t talk we use things like email or other social media to connect with one another. Unfortunately this is a reality for today.
The narrator goes on to discuss how life used to be, when we did take time to go next door and say hi, and kids played in each other yards, and had cookouts, and just enjoyed a more relaxed time. I remember because I am one of the lucky who lived during the time when you rode your bike up and down the street, asked mom or dad if it was alright to spend the night at a friend’s house, imagined being some cool hero or heroine from television.
I wonder how the young people of today would handle living without all the gadgets? No cell phone, no pc, no laptop or tablet, no electronic gizmo except the rotary phone or touch tone phone, maybe a transistor radio to play music. Hmmm could be an interesting experiment. Now technology is a good thing, it has made the world much smaller, made advances in healthcare, and so on. On the downside, I have seen individuals who really need to have their gadgets surgically removed from their persons because they are so oblivious to what is going on around them. A real shame.
When texting takes the place of conversation at the dinner table, and surfing the web is more important than being with others, then we need to stop and rethink our priorities. Why Can’t we? Just like the woman in the ad, she “finds” her way back.

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