A Moment in Time: March 21, 2013. From Limited Social Individuals to Unlimited Virtual Beings.
Just a few days ago I went to have lunch with one of my daughters at a casual restaurant in London. There he was, sitting next to us totally unaware of his external reality, completely immersed in the virtual world offered by his smartphone. First his soup was served, then his main course and finally an espresso accompanied by the check. During that whole hour, the waitress came to his table a few times and if he said five or six words to her I will admit that I am exaggerating. He was so disconnected from what was going on in the space that surrounded him that he only raised his head and looked up when he got up from the chair to put his coat and leave the place. Many of you know my blogging style quite well by now. As a writer, I love to be the observer of all which my limited human eyes are able to perceive outside of my own personal experience. I don’t like to judge or criticize but I enjoy using my imagination to share with you what I see and hopefully offer some positive food for thought. The example of this anonymous man is necessary to illustrate the trend that for the last few years our global society has been incorporating as the coolest habit everyone wants to adopt, or even as the newest addiction if we accept that an addiction is a habit that we are not able to stop.
Did you know that in 2012:
- 40% of people using Internet socialized more online than what they did face to face
- 91% of mobile internet access was used for social activities
- 73% of smartphones users accessed social networks through apps at least once per day
- The number of sold smartphones topped 1 billion?
It seems as if smartphones have invaded planet Earth and they came to stay. So, could it be possible that what these little devices are showing us, is that we are ready for a major transformation from individuals who have had limited social external experiences, to new unlimited virtual BEINGS who are now able to change their world from the inside out? (Please note there is a big difference between individuals and BEINGS.) This is not to say that what I’m proposing here is that we should all become virtual beings and stop being physical, sensitive, or the like! Simply put, a smartphone can be a compelling tool for us to go within and explore that place inside where we are unlimited and create from there new versions of “we” who can live a more happy and equalitarian “external” life; people who can dedicate their virtual time to constructive sharing where, an unwilling “me” can be replaced for a willing “we.” Why not? It is now accepted through science that everything is first created with our thoughts and feelings and that our reality is a manifestation of our inner world. Do you grasp the power that each and every one of us has in hands? Are you able to see the majestic door that the Internet opened for all of us, making us responsible for many of the things we used to blame on governments and other traditional leading groups?
I believe that technology is an opportunity for us to improve first individually and then socially. By accepting our present we are choosing of our future even when we are not conscious that this is indeed the way we’re reproducing our current life, whether good or bad. In other words, by the power of our choice we can continue to bring more negativity, hatred, pornography, scams, violence, crimes and all other activities recreating human destruction, or, we can decide to focus on proactive ways through which technology can be a direct access towards the discovery of a overdue and yet new reality which we all deserve not only as the “me” but also as the “we.” I have already chosen the second option. What is your choice?
Until next time and don’t forget to be love!