Recently, I was walking in a park with a friend, and his mobile phone rang, interrupting our talk. There we were, walking and talking on a beautiful sunny day and oops, I become invisible, absent from the conversation.
I'm wondering how strange it is that the telephone used to connect you to the absent, but now, it makes people who sitting next to you feel absent.
That's the funny thing happened on the way to the communications revolution, we stopped talking to another. It is that all the communications technology tools make me feel lonely.
Every advance in communications technology is a setback to the intimacy of human interaction. You can't even call a person to get the phone number of another person anymore. Directory assistance is becoming increasingly automated.
I'm not a Luddite. I know that if I dial 110,I could get instant help in only 3 minutes from policeman whenever and wherever. What's more, I own a cell phone, an ATM card, a voice-mail system, and E-mail account. Giving them up is an option. But as a matter of fact, they are great for what they are intended to do, it's their unintended consequences that make me cringe.
The communications industry devoted to facilitating my anti-social instincts. So, I'm starting my own technology revolution: no more instant messaging with people who live near me; no more talking on the mobile in the presents of friends; no more letting the voice-mail pick up a call when I'm free.
Can you imagine that: if there is no one in the room to hear you exclaim: that's miraculous! So, tell me what good is all this miraculous technology?