Surely many of us have expressed the following sentiment, or at least some variation of it during our normal daily commutes:
"Humans are so surprisingly careless in this day in age, it makes me wonder just how well we are equipped for tomorrow."
As swarmed as we are by striding and strident automatons with cell phones continually glued to our ears, PDA's perpetually gripped in our sweaty palms, and omniscient, omnipresent CNN news reports constantly telling us otherwise, it's tempting to believe that technology has isolated us, essentially transforming us into highly dependent conformists unprepared to sideswipe one another as we carelessly go about our day.
Furthermore, hanging around the younger, pre-commute generation who's tech-savviness seems to have rendered lethal is even less reassuring to the point. Teen People's stylish trends are blasting through the stratosphere from tiger to zebra-striped display with the latest starlet gossip shooting from our teeny, turbocharged cellular devices. Technology seems to support young folk's tendency to follow the crowd of people all heading toward the same dimly lit light located at the end of the tunnel.
Indeed, we seemingly have evolved into intergalactic conformists when it is all said and done. After all, today's tech-aided teens, courtesy of gruesome, hands-on video games designed and created for violent carnage, are being brainwashed into an unforeseen reality. Is this adolescence, as we once knew it to be or paparazzi terrorist boot camp?
With all of the evidence pointing in this very direction, it is easy to succumb to a belief that tech trends and the incorporation of technological advancements into our everyday lives have served to enforce conformity, promote dependence, heighten consumerism, and create a culture that generally values self-absorption and personal entitlement over cooperation and collaborative efforts.
I must argue; however, that we are merely in the early beginning stages of learning to live with technology while still loving one another unconditionally. After all, even with what I have previously mentioned, it seems that technology hasn't completely impaired our abilities to think freely and to solve everyday problems. Technology has, however, certainly incapacitated our behaviors, manners, and values to the point where we have taken a severe blow to the face. But today we are, without a doubt, more efficient with our troubles than we ever were in the past.
We are, indeed, effective worker bees of the ineffective.
If technology has increased our overall sense of self-efficacy, such that we can become authentic agents of the awful, virtual CEO's of selfishness, then certainly it can somehow be beneficial for us moving forward, especially if harnessed correctly. Technology can improve our ability to think and act for ourselves because it can lead to problems which may have otherwise never existed. The first and foremost challenge; however, is to figure out how to provide technology users with this direly-needed direction, which seems to be a missing piece to the puzzle we are trying to solve.