Lost in Digital Translation

Twenty to Thirty years ago people would get together every few days with friends and family and talk, discuss, and spend time together. They discussed things they had thought about, things that happened to them, and other parts of their lives. 

Five to Ten years ago, people started calling each other to discuss those same issues.  They would pick up the phone, and give friends and family a call. It became easier to talk to those same people every day or whenever something happened. We began communicating more. No more forgetting things, just call somebody when the things happened and talk. 

In the past five years, when something happens, people began texting when something 
happened. “I am having a bad day,” or “That person did something hilariously stupid.” Needless to say, we communicate even more. Right as things come to our minds, it becomes incredible convenient to grab out the phone, type out 160 characters and hit send, or hop on twitter, type out a sentence and post.

An inconvenient convenience.

If you know anything by know, you know I am far more skeptic than this, and things can’t be this good. So where is the bad part in communicating all the time, and as soon as things happen.  As convenient as it is to type out 160 quick characters about something and hit send. It is incredibly inconvenient to include details, emotion, personal elements, and in general cover everything you really want to say. Instead we settle for a few characters of facts. That same conversation that five years ago used to take 15 minutes over the phone, and included plenty of details and brought people closer together and shared deep details of their lives.

This same phone conversation was the reason, and topic of discussion for hour-long get-togethers between friends and family 30 years ago. 

We have lost the interest in details, the art of telling full blown stories that have emotions, the ability to get into a room and just talk. Instead we send our lives to each other in fragments, skipping out on all the human part of it.

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