Thoughts on the always connected world
I’m typing this out on a train to Montreal so excuse the typos or random outbursts about the crying kid near me.
It was a sunny day. The type one would want to go out and Rollerblade on. Which is exactly what I did. You see, I’m a roller blading master. I can be found going above the speed of light throughout Toronto making people gasp at just how awesome I am.
I was zipping through a construction zone when it happened: I took my phone out of my pocket to check the time and to my utter dismay the screen didn’t light up when I hit the button. It didn’t seem to matter how many times I tried the button, it was gone.
That night I called Google with tears in my eyes. They informed that it was over, my phone was dead. Luckily though, it was still under warranty. The issue is that it would take a few days for my replacement phone to be shipped.
Somehow back then not being connected to the Internet at all times wasn’t so bad. I tried to remember those times during my phone less journey but somehow those memories are foggy. My teenage years may have been surrounded by a mist of boredom.
I was meant to meet my girlfriend and a friend from out of country at a hip bar in Toronto. But what if they couldn’t get a table? Normally they would text me a new place and I would meet them there. This was no longer viable. It was the planned place or nothing.
I like to think of my phone as simple tool and I certainly agree with Einstein above but it worries me that I can’t seem to function without it. My phone has become much more than a tool, it has become an attachment. Almost like another organ.. A secondary brain perhaps that stores information outside of my own… An external hard drive for my brain.
That sounds exciting and all but that assumes that the lack of memorization leads to an increase in creative problem-solving. It is very possible that I would be just as good at problem solving as I am now but I would have the beneficial ability to memorize if I had continued to not have a phone.
The sun is starting to set as I reflect on how this can affect us as a society. People are still going to work everyday, teenagers are still being over dramatic and trains are still a great way to travel.
It’s possible to discuss this until we are blue in the face. We have to be honest about this: no one will be giving up thier cell phone any time soon. The change away from memorizing is going global and will not cease no matter how much we complain. Instead, let’s focus on the positives it can bring.
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