I'm old school.
There's no denying that. I admit it. Things change. Trends change.
We have to keep up with the times. But this isn't a trivial change.
This is a diminution of what it is to be fully human. Open, verbal
is the very essence of what human beings do. It makes us what we
are. Now we're at risk of becoming little more than extensions of
our smartphones. Tech companies rake in
towards which we complicitly contribute our humanity (and our
privacy) at no charge. We're simply giving all of it away.
like writing, is learned. We're now in a new tech era in which
like cursive script, is being completely devalued. But its
successor, social media posting, is no substitute. It doesn't
exercise the "being human" muscle - not even close. It's
whose screen conveys no verbal cues, nor any tonal clues, both of
which are apparent in (indeed which make up the gist of)
At least telephone
are immediate, unedited, in-the-moment, unscripted, spontaneous,
raw. Unlike postings, they can't be pre-vetted. There's no
censuring nor censoring. The immediacy of real
(the intimacy of it) is something that's learned. Confronted with
the inability to be immediate and intimate in
(simply given the lack of practice which is usurped by social
media) there's now evidence of a growing anxiety about
directly. It's costing us our humanity. That's a terrible price to
What's worse is it can also cost us our access to transformation.
Without speaking there's no transformation (and no, it's not
in thumb-typing). The cost of the expediency of social media is
too high. And that doesn't start to address social media as a
platform for fabricated truth. One well-known social media giant
treats both the truth and private data as malleable. There, untruth
is traded for
untruth can at least be confronted). Who can be surprised by the
current epidemic of telephone anxiety? We've ceded our ability to
directly, to the social media apps.