The state of the antisocial generation

Once in a blue moon I get hit by an idea or subject that isn’t remotely associated with travel or photography. I’m very thankful that happens. Imagine life with just one interest, one thing to live for… This post sprouted from a spark of Avoidant personality disorder (*more on that at the end) Skip this post if you’re just here for the photos and the sunshine.

Social networks are not made for meeting new people.

They cocoon us in our existing network of friends. Keeping contact, always, everywhere.
In fact, we become so fixated on out circle of friends that we neglect to go out and experience the need to meet new people. Most of us are familiar with the urge to pull out our smart phone when were sitting on the bus, or at a café… Waiting for the friend that we already know will be coming. We check to see if he/she has sent us a message, if she is on her way. We shield ourselves from outside contact. Always available, but always busy.
Take for instance this situation: You are in a new part of town. And you want to know the direction to the library. Just a few years ago you would have turned to surrounding people for help. Today, however, it has become all too easy to look up the directions on smart phone app or to send a text to a friend and get directions. Human interaction isn’t key anymore.
We no longer actively seek out new people. We are slowly breaking our bonds to the surrounding world.
The worst thing is that most of us are unaware of it. The whole process can be compared to the state of the environment.

There is a saying amongst wildlife enthusiasts:
What you don’t see, you don’t miss. Which basically means that today’s generation is unaware of the severity of the current state of the environment because they assume what they see is the norm.

We were taught not to talk to strangers-

-what happens when we no longer need to talk to strangers.

Society is still fighting to overcome the no-no it is to disturb someone who is on the phone or using one. We have always assumed that when someone is occupied with a phone that they are unavailable. In a conversation. You wouldn’t interrupt a conversation would you? How many times have you been browsing the Facebook news feed, or quickly responding to a message while you have been standing in a circle talking? I know I have countless times.
Conversations are sacred.They are a bond between the two-or more people involved. We continually push the line.Does text or Facebook messaging count?

“There is a disturbing future that I’m reluctant to be the test bunny of”

There is a trend on the rise. As children are raised in a social network and technology-dependent environment they are missing the social as it once was. Avoidant personality disorder may become a bigger issue than it already is. The sale of antidepressant medications such as Prozac and Zoloft are skyrocketing.

The really sobering statistics are as such: 2 billion people are connected and 90% of them use social networks.

*One of the characteristics of Avoidant Personality disorder is Catastrophising. This post was birthed by worst-case-scenario thinking.
I am an active user of Facebook and often catch myself at over-using it. But the thoughts still nag at the back of my brain.

I think I’ll take a break from my computer now and go find someone to ‘Like’ in real life.

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5 Responses to “The state of the antisocial generation”
  1. This post couldn’t be timelier – for me anyway. Some friends (also moms) and I started a new book club recently and we were talking about our kids and their near constant texting. One mom in particular was concerned. Two of us, however, reminded her that as teenagers we seriously LIVED in our bedrooms, talking on the phone all evening. At least our children are being raised to multi-task their socializing. My teen daughter spends each evening with me hanging out, strengthening our relationship, while texting sure, BUT she’s not secreted away in her room for hours gossiping on the phone. I see the concern, but I also see hope. Thanks for the great post!!

    • Too true and when you get to my age (over 50) it seems worse.I constantly see girls meeting up for coffee and not talking to each other! Oh I’m so important, I have all these other friends that I’ve got to tweet! Sure, social networking is great, but pay attention to your real friends that listen to you and know your secrets.

  2. This could be your mum speaking Daniel. Proud of you! Maybe you have seen the good of the Sunday media ban after all!

  3. Daniel,

    Great post as always. =) I’ve put your name in for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. =)

    Thank you for continuing to share such beautiful work!

    http://seeingspotsphoto.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/completely-100-grateful/

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