I understand the allure of the iphone. I understand the thrill of instant connectivity at one's fingertips. The joy of delving into someones facebook albums, ogling people you barely know but might have met in the past, or seeing how your exes look now, or giggling over how your high school nemesis now has three "omg-ugly" babies.
I get it, I promise I do. But at what point did it become socially acceptable to allow our ilives to supersede actual human interaction?
I adore my friends, (and want to spend more time with them,) but when at dinner recently after we'd all ordered and in the midst of a conversation, they both HALTED, whipped out their iphones, and updated their location on some program they both had, I was aghast. Were we not just talking, in person? Is it THAT much more important to illuminate virtual strangers VIRTUALLY that you just ordered a meal? Furthermore, is present company so low on your list of priorities that they fall below that of internet strangers? So desperate are we for virtual connections that I think we fail to interact with each other in person, resulting in the furthering of our cultural loneliness.
Even if all else fails, and you continue to isolate yourselves in your own iworlds, promise me one tiny thing. Take a moment and reflect, looking around you. You'll see them. People together, but seperate because of their technocrapology. Don't be that person. Don't be the ones sitting LITERALLY NEXT TO THEIR DATE on their way to a theater show, isolating themselves from each other and iphone-ing instead. I saw them live, they made me giggle, then made me reflect, which resulted in me feeling sad for them, and our society.