The Twittering Dead: The Ugly Downside of the Internet
A few days ago, I went over to visit a friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while. She started making food while we briefly updated each other of what was going on with our lives. We then sat down to watch a film and, as soon as the film started, we both grabbed our phones and started scrolling through our Facebook feeds, no longer talking.
I am a big fan of the Internet, really. It has enabled me, and everyone who can access it, to discover a world beyond our usual physical environment. But it has also allowed us to abuse that use. I’ve been lucky in the way that I’ve never been victim of cyberbullying or anything like that, just because I am smart in how I use it.
Even more worrying than that is the fact that we can’t stand being offline for more than 10 minutes. I pride myself in taking a book on the tube to entertain myself, yet there are always the ones that just hold their phones staring at the home screen despite being aware of having no signal underground.
Where has human interaction gone?