I recently read a post which talked about are artists dying due to the consumption of digital media, this got me thinking. If you have ever seen the film WALL-E the film it is about an adorable trash robot which in habits an earth. One interesting insight in to the future with this film were the scenes from the cruise spaceship. It featured people floating around on chairs with a screen of some sort in their face and they lived their life through this screen oblivious to their surroundings.
Got me thinking about how much time I spend with a screen in my face, IPAD, IPHONE, laptop etc, and mostly we all work with computers at work but we interface so much now with others via devices its pretty remarkable. I think that we do live in a golden age of technology at the moment and no more so is it demonstrated by me writing this blog and reaching out to you! We live in a world where we can consume several streams of information, from news, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Candy Crush saga, 4 Pics one word and thats just while we are watching the TV at night time!
There was recently a programme on the BBC about the golden age of Jet engine technology and how it shaped the world, but our modern jet engine is the internet, it truly is a remarkable time where there are new technology startups and interesting technologies spawned consistently. I would class us all by now as digital natives, we interface with technology on a constant basis and as a trade off to that we learn and develop new skills but also learn that there is choice in what we consume, if something is not good enough we simply seek an alternative.
How common is the above scene, engrossed in a device communicating to others yet others are stood at the side of you! This constant plug in to the entire world through several different outlets on devices is draining. In my job as in probably most of yours my phone is my life when I am not talking on it I am emailing and at night time we all tend to sit there and use Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter etc communicating even more. We never switch off which I think is why we are slowly heading to consuming information just like the people in WALL-E, we are probably 90% there now anyway!
For example, next time you go to a concert or even a fireworks show just look at the mass of screens surrounding you, it seems that now the norm is to film and watch through your phone and then replay later, what happened to just living in the moment and enjoying what it is you are experiencing? I have already started to come off Facebook due to its new privacy laws which make your content searchable despite any restrictions you place on there, and started to leave my phone out of reach in the evenings, and you know what it works, life is less stressful and not being plugged in to an online world every waking minute is hugely refreshing! I recommend you give it a go!