Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy

(“Everything’s amazing nobod’ys happy,”)

 

The other day, a friend of mine shared an article from NPR on Facebook that really struck a chord with me. The article basically pointed out just how impressive all the technology around us is. And yet, we do not even notice. In fact the only time we seem to notice it is when something goes wrong, like if our phone takes more than a second to load. As the author (and Louis CK) say, it is literally being sent to space, and yet we complain. This article, and the video that accompanied it, was a real wakeup to me. I sit and type or browse the web or edit photos or whatever on my laptop but I never reflect on it. Seriously, here is a three pound piece of metal and glass that let’s me chat with someone across the country in the blink of an eye. That is absolutely amazing. If someone showed up with a MacBook Pro in the dark ages, they might have even labeled it witchcraft.

I definitely do not agree with Louis CK calling us the “crappiest generation” but he is absolutely right that we are spoiled. I certainly do not think of the decades of technological research and meteorology that went into allowing me to check the weather on my phone in seconds. In fact, I do not even think about the hours that are spend everyday to ensure that I can stay up to date with the weather, or whatever peaks my curiosity. It is quite upsetting to hear older generations gripe about how we are all spoiled narcissists. But, in my subjective opinion, the same thing could have happened to any generation. Technology’s great advances in the beginning of our lifetimes have programmed us, as Rushkoff might say, to act like we do. We do not just use technology; it uses us and it’s great convenience and speed has taught us to expect instant gratification. In my opinion, the effects of this have not just affected our generation. I see my father, who is in his fifties, get anxious if his email takes a moment too long to load. And I see my mother, for all of her patience, lose her head if she doesn’t have cell phone reception to make a call. Maybe it’s just human nature to get so accustomed to technology that we don’t notice it.

I suppose my point is that we need to appreciate technology more. Maybe if we do, we can avoid our generation’s theoretical fate of self-absorption and narcissism. 

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5 thoughts on “Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy

  1. I definitely agree that our generation is spoiled. I can’t even imagine being a college student in like the 70’s where you actually had to read books for information and you couldn’t just use google to find sources for you. Our lives have been made easier because of technology, which is an awesome thing, but a terrible thing because.. what’s hard work? Is there an app for that?

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  2. I absolutely agree with all of this. We are so spoiled. We assume everyone has a smartphone and a laptop or tablet and those who don’t cannot keep up. I agree also that we need to reflect on how amazing the technology we have is in our world that we are so dependent on and stop taking it for granted. Imagine if we lost it all, could we even function?

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  3. I think what it comes down to is we are always expecting “new and improved.” Technology is always changing and improving immensely to the point where we can’t even appreciate what is new – we know it can get better and we expect it to get better. I think this is a great blog post and an eye-opener.

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  4. Very interesting post, you make a lot of great points. I also notice myself becoming impatient if something doesn’t load instantly. I also think it’s interesting how technology not just affects our generation, but our parents and even grandparents have also become incredibly accustomed to it. I think we all take parts of it for granted.

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  5. I completely agree, I think don’t take the time to think about how lucky we are that the technology exists that makes our life easier and faster. However, I also think that the advancements in technology have also called for a change in the culture. It’s hard to compare what we experienced growing up to what our parents or grandparents experienced. But I think that’s the way of life: the next generation will complain about something that the previous generation is still trying to accept.

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