Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Transcending Distance, Becoming More Distant

Science & Technology

I was traveling to work on the subway this morning and was amazed at how all the passengers were packed together like herds of cattle in the subway cars. But far more fascinating was that our faces were all serious-looking, and no one was talking. We were all silent, caught up with our own thoughts, listening to music being filtered through tiny earphones, reading from our Kindle or other tablets, or playing games on our smartphones. I also recall being on a twelve hour flight (a few years ago) and that by the end of the flight not having said a word to the passenger sitting next to me. One of the key things that is unique about the human species is that we are by nature gregarious and given to conversation. It seems though that even as we are making tremendous advances in communication technology, we are fast becoming less proficient in the art of communication. Technology has eliminated distance as an obstacle to communication, but we continue to become increasingly distant from our fellow humans, choosing rather to live in the unreal "world" of Facebook, smartphones, video-games, etc.


[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]