Today Sheri had her own “come to Jesus party” with me in regards to her playing Words With Friends® around me.
It’s funny how current technology has introduced a whole new dynamic into interpersonal relationships.
I’m Old School.
When you have a relationship with another human being it involves the direct stimulation of the five human senses that are responsible for all of our experience … at least the experience that lasts forever and is meaningful. One cannot smell, touch, see, hear (in the case of texting and playing Words With Friends® and being on Facebook®), or taste the person with whom one is attempting a personal relationship. Now, the FACETIME application at least allows the use of two of the five physical senses. But all of the five senses used in conjunction with each other is the ONLY way that a true personal human bond can be created and maintained.
Because these senses are what makes us human and not a mechanical android that has no human soul (if I may use the word loosely).
The human race with its advancing technology is going to see the irony in becoming and staying connected constantly with each other while at the same time alienating each other emotionally until the only bonds that exist are artificial. Being artificial, instead of ones created with how the human physical body interacts with an environment, limit the capacity and strength of the emotional bond.
The type of technology that we are using today and will be using more and more in the future to carry on interpersonal relationships, will create an artificial emotional network of human interaction that destroys the very fabric with which human uniqueness (compared to all other life forms) is woven. Lasting and consistent happiness will be replaced with temporary spikes of joy that cause more misery and unhappiness when the spike turns negative and ends in a lull.
The whole world is becoming bi-polar and has to take medications that create emotional consistency more uniformly with the natural way humans exist and relate to each other. No kidding? Technology and education cause a person to use more meds? Go figure!
So, while the world is increasing its dependency on social networks outside of the human brain, and those around me join this world, my personal connection with you soon-to-be artificially induced, emotional zombies will decrease exponentially.
In other words,
When Sheri is engaged with her Facebook® and her Words With Friends®,
… the development of an android female who can stimulate my senses is looking better and better to me, if all I want is a stimulation of my own physical senses that is not connected to a real person.
It didn’t take Sheri long to realize that she has every right to play Words With Friends® and be on Facebook® as long as she desires according to her free will. But when she does, she is literally telling me without actually saying anything,
“I’m pretty much bored with my interaction with you, Christopher, and need a distraction.”
To which I respond without saying anything,
“Alrighty then! There’s a whole other world in my mind, which I know exists, that you and my current reality are not a part of. I’ll see you when I get back.”
So, folks! Think about it! The more and more your partner is engaging in his or her social network instead of engaging YOU personally, what does that say about the intrigue of your relationship? Just saying …
But enough of all this Old School rhetoric,
I’ve got to find my phone so I can check my text messages.