The world sure has changed just over the last twenty years – the way we interact with a quick text or a short email, etc. Blogging has exploded … which is why you’re reading this.
In general, the way we interact with one another on a daily basis has drastically changed. The method in which we give and receive news has been forever altered. There are positives and negatives to this transformation.
But the point to this post is that with so much technology at our fingertips 24 hours a day, we run the risk of losing our humanity. We run the risk of de-humanizing our existence and the existence of those around us or even those half way across the world.
Drivers often behave in an aggressive or unthoughtful manner when they wouldn’t be as quick to engage in such risky behavior if there was not a shield of metal in between them and their fellow travelers. They have a buffer of glass and metal. In the same way, we have a buffer of technology in between the writer and the audience.
I think this is the reason (to a degree) the vitriol and level of hatred has escalated in our media and is evidenced in our usage of social media.
We have forgotten our audience. We have forgotten the hard working man on the receiving end of our callous words. We have forgotten the mom who is doing the best she can. The dads, brothers, moms, sisters, etc. The people. They are just people. Like you. Like me.
Sometimes I think it’s important to take a step back and unplug for a moment. Go look someone in the eye while discussing current events over lunch. Plan a family dinner where no one is constantly checking their phones, but instead shares inside, family jokes. Reconnecting with humanity will help to preserve our human condition and serves to also preserve some decorum.
Before you fire off that text, email, post, tweet or blog … Remember your audience.
They may not be who you think they are.
They may be just like you.
They may be you.