Technology defines us

Whilst on the bus this week I looked around at other people instead of reading my book or listening to music. What I witnessed was both upsetting and eye opening. Every person on the other side of the bus was sitting was sitting with some sort of screen, (e.g. Laptop, Tablet, Phone) on from of them.

Finding it to be an upsetting experience I got to thinking of it on a much larger scale. Why do we feel the need to hide our wonderful personalities behind technology? Wouldn’t life be better if we all just talked to each other? There were at least thirty people on that bus and not one of them interacted with anyone but the bus driver, and even then only half of those people said thank you to the driver.
I felt like if I even tried to communicate with any of them, they would stare me down and I would be taking them away from, what I call, their online lives. Let’s face it, we all act differently online or through text compared to the way we act in person. On the most part I find that in person it is a lot easier to talk to someone. You never know what emotion someone is feeling through a text, but face to face you can see the emotion in their eyes, face and even body language.
What I am trying to say is – I wish the human race was more sociable and didn’t feel the need to hide behind a persona (However hypocritical that is). If even one of those people on the bus today had talked to each other, they maybe could have met the best friend they’ve always wanted, or the love of their lives…maybe even a long lost brother.
Ian Mckellen said a great thing on “Alan Carr: chatty man” last night. It went along the lines of “put your phones down” because “the love of your life” may have just passed you in the street. He speaks so much wisdom, imagine knowing you’ll never meet that one special person in your life because you are so obsessed with a text that can be replied to later.
Why do we rely on technology so much? I watch program’s like “Catfish” and I cringe at the thought of having a relationship primarily behind my computer screen. The fact is we put a persona of ourselves online to try and hide the bad sides of us and as a result end up feeling lonely due to having no friends who know the REAL you.
Then again in saying this, I do often come across a friendly man or woman whilst taking my daily bus journey in to town. Even on the train to Glasgow I met a couple of characters that I am still in contact with. They are some of the funniest and most interesting conversations I have ever had.
So I want to propose and experiment. The next time you are on a bus, Train or even plane make it your mission to communicate with another passenger, you never know…you might meet that special person who will change your life forever or even just make a lonely persons day!
Why do I think technology defines who we are as people? With out our phones, tablets, iPods and computers we miss out the things that we think are important, like finding out news an hour before it’s on TV or the next YouTube video. I don’t think schools equip us with the skills and tools necessary to live in a world with no power or technology and in effect we suffer and are disadvantaged greatly.
Please, Give me your thoughts on the situation.
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Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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  • I have an anxiety disorder and find people talking to me in the way you’ve suggested quite upsetting. It isn’t that I’m not a nice person, I just don’t like it. Even when I was reliant on public transport before I could drive I always had my personal CD player. I totally understand your sentiment but it isn’t always black and white 🙂

    • Oh I totally understand that people would have individual reasons as to why they wouldn’t talk to other and listen to music of other things instead – it was me for years! I used to be terrified to even look at people on buses. I guess what I’m saying is that 30 people can’t all be like that, we can’t all live under the same anxiety, and in a way I can understand how technology may help anxiety sufferers, but I also feel like technology is bad for anxiety because it discourages you from getting over the hurdle of talking to a stranger on a bus.