Monday, 22 October 2012

The sharing generation

On Saturday I went to my mother-in-law's 60th birthday at a local restaurant. There was a group of about 25 people there for the party but the only ones that were under the age of 50 were myself and my wife. I immediately noticed something I haven't seen in a very long time. During the entire four hour party, not one person looked at a smart phone.

Nobody was sharing updates about their meal or uploading pictures of the cake and nobody was taking an obscene amount of pictures just so they could get them up on Facebook and remind the rest of the world what a fantastic time they were having.

It got me thinking about this new obsession with sharing our lives. Concerts are another good example. People used to go to concerts mostly to enjoy the show and have a good time. If they did take pictures it was for personal memories. Whenever I go to a show now half the crowd is standing like zombies holding up a smart phone to get good pics or video and trying as fast as they can to get those pics up on social media with a caption about their awesome night.

Here is a link to a quick and to-the-point opinion piece about smart phones at concerts.

Rock Audience

Vacations are another thing people believe they must share and often accent these pictures with status updates saying things like- 'Having a margarita by the pool in Cancun-Life is good.'
Have we forgotten how to just have a good time and are we now just trying to prove to others that we are having a good time? Must every activity we do or party or concert or trip be shared with the world?
Well I guess I'll get off blogger now. I need to get back on Facebook and look at pictures of what people had for lunch.