By Loretta LaRoche
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I recently read an article that stated a great majority of Americans do not feel supported or nurtured. I feel that this has been an ongoing issue for years. It is being recognized simply because more and more individuals are suffering mental and physical problems as a result.
All one has to do is sit in a public place and watch the faces of passersby. It is rare to see smiles or shared laughter unless they are children or young teens. Most use the “grim and bear it” model rather than the “grin and bear it” mentality!
Why are so many of us feeling as if we are going about our day as if no one cares? Oh, yes, there’s the random texts and the cellphones chirping or singing some cheery song to alert us that someone is trying to connect. Perhaps it’s my age, but nothing feels the same as sitting across from someone and having a conversation. Nothing takes the place of having someone greet you at the door when you come home that asks you how your day went. And nothing takes the place of being able to simply relax without the cacophony of today’s technology assaulting you constantly.
The naysayers to all of the above will counter with, “You just don’t get it, this is called progress.” Well progress might just be creating regress. I embrace technology, but I do not wish to treat it as a god-like figure that I must venerate on a daily basis. I have watched individuals have fits trying to find their cellphones when they hear it ring. If they miss the call they frantically try to reach the individual as if they had just been called to perform major surgery on a trauma patient. Texting is akin to an addiction for some people. They hold their phones in their hands throughout the day as if it were keeping their heart pumping.
The newest advance is going to be the ability to wear your technology, e.g., Google Glass and smartwatches. Imagine the kick you’ll get as the sounds cascade through your body with each ping. No more looking for a lost phone.
My fear is that we will slowly descend into more and more of a robotic state. Will we forget how to have deep conversations and have the ability to listen without the distractions that are becoming so pervasive. Will we forget how to embrace silence, be with a friend or loved one without having to look down at our phones to see who else might be interested in us? If not, the only support we might get is tech support!
Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360. Visit her website at www.stressed.com.
Get A Life: Are people becoming robots?
By Loretta LaRoche