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“See, technology has made us more selfish and separate than ever because while it claims to connect us, connection has gotten no better.”

Did you know the average person spends four years of his life looking down at a cellphone? Ironic, isn’t it, how these touchscreens can make us lose touch? But it’s no wonder in a world filled with iMacs, iPads and iPhones. So many Is, so many selfies, not enough “us” and “we.”

See, technology has made us more selfish and separate than ever because while it claims to connect us, connection has gotten no better.

And let me express first, Mr. Zuckerberg, not to be rude but you should reclassify Facebook to what it is: an anti-social network. While we may have big friend lists, so many of us are friendless, all alone, because friendships are more broken than the screens on our very phones. We sit at home on our computers measuring self-worth by numbers of followers and likes, ignoring those who actually love us. It seems we’d rather write an angry post than talk to someone who might actually hug us.

Am I bugging? You tell me, because I asked a friend the other day, “Let's meet up face-to-face,” he said, “What time do you want to Skype?” I responded with, “OMG.” And so, I rested in a bunch of estimations and realized, “What about me? Do I not have the patience to have conversation without abbreviation?”

This is the generation of media over stimulation. Chats have been reduced to snaps. The news is 140 characters, videos at six seconds at high speed, and you wonder why ADD is on the rise faster than 4g LTE. But get a load of this steady show.

The attention span of the average adult today is one second lower than that of a goldfish.

So, if you wanted a few people who are aquatic animals that of yet to click off or close this video, congratulations.

Let me finish by saying: you do have a choice, yes, but this one, my friends, we cannot autocorrect. We must do it ourselves. Take control or be controlled. Make a decision. Me, no longer do I want to spoil a precious moment by recording it with a phone; I’m just going to keep them. I don't want to take a picture of all my meals anymore, I’m just going to eat them. I don't want the new app, the new software or the new update. And if I want to post the old photo, who says I have to wait until Thursday? I'm so tired of performing in the pageantry of vanity and conforming to this accepted form of digital insanity. Call me crazy, but I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries because that'll mean it will be one bar closer to humanity.


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