I get so sick and tired of people saying that technology is “ruining us”; saying that all these mobile phones are somehow undermining this incredible human interaction we had all the way back in the 199o’s.
It’s really laughable
So I just wanted to share the above photo of a subway car from 1947 where every single person, even though they’re in a confined space together, aren’t paying any attention to each other because they’re reading media on a newspaper. The recent version of this is, of course, cellphones and iPads, yet the same people out there who hate change continue to cry foul.
Now some people might say that the people in this photo are all strangers, and the real problem is when couples, or families, or teenagers sit on their iPads instead of whatever romanticized version of teenagerhood you might remember. When people see a young couple out to dinner on their phone and say "oh it's so sad" I really don't get it! At least they're doing what they'd rather be doing instead of pretending to listen to each other!
When you were a kid, how many real friends did you have? 8? 10? And when your mom sent you outside to “play” and you sat on the tire swing, how many of them were you interacting with?
Now kids have the ability to test their minds against millions of other kids at games, learn anything they want from Wikipedia, and stay in touch with every single person they met at summer camp through Facebook. If your kid really wants to go outside and play football, she will go outside and play football. Technology never took that option off the table.
All that new technology is doing is accelerating our ambitions and contributing to our natural states, as is shown by this photo from almost 70 years ago.
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