Monday, June 15, 2015

Disconnect to connect

Balconies in Monaco - Trip to Europe Aug. '14
Haven't you ever felt the need to get away from all these technological devices that surround us in our everyday lives? I know I have. Internet users have an average of 5 social media accounts. It's pretty crazy considering that ten years ago people were content using emailing and MySpace on a computer. Now it's become a need and the access has never been easier-- our smartphones. But if you think about it, is it really necessary?
I've been having thoughts lately about the way I use my social networks. Last semester, in the class of Communication Practices, we saw a topic about the "kidnapping of the experience". The author, Anthony Giddens, talked about how in today's society everything has become superficial and the way the immediate access to information affects our activities. For example, on many occasions, I've seen people more concerned about taking the perfect selfie or picture of the scenery or their dinner plate, than actually experiencing it. Afterwards they're hardly interacting or looking around observing the place. It's like, if they don't share it, they're not living it. That's what the author refers to when he talks about the experience kidnap. I sounds odd, but isn't true? After reading about this topic, I decided that I didn't want to be like these people. If I'm traveling somewhere new, I want to get to know the place --not show it off on Instagram. That doesn't mean that I won't take pictures or that I won't post it. It just means that first I'll enjoy the moment before sharing it with everyone else.

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