Fun images depicting the idea of “Screen Life”.
I type and watch letters emerge from the blinking cursor as it moves across the screen. I have a Screen Life. I blog. I facebook. I sometimes tweet, and have been trying to use instagram more (snapchat is beyond me – maybe I am too old;). There are so many ways to “connect” online, and new portals are opening up all the time. It can take a lot of time and energy to keep up with others online. The time we spend online on our phones is taking a life of its own. The more time we spend in our Screen Life, the more our Screen Life becomes important. Technology is a powerful tool to communicate and share media. It is so powerful that it rivals real life! What is it about our Screen Lives that is so important?
I feel using technology to communicate can connect us to some information about others who may be across the world. This is cool. We can share pictures and videos more easily as well. There are many conveniences in our digital devices. However, online communication lacks the most import information we need to really understand each other, ourselves. Once we take our bodies out of the communication we lose almost everything we would have in person to help us understand each other; facial expressions, gestures, posture, tone of voice and the overall feel of someone’s presence. It has been said 90% of communication is body language. At best, are we communicating with 10% of the information we need to understand each other when not in person or over the phone? Yes.
The issues of communicating without most of the information we need to understand each other is pretty obvious. Let’s take facebook for example. We have all seen things blow up online, be misunderstood, taken out of context, or just plain read it wrong. Some people have ended relationships or feel there life is over because of something “happened” online.
While more people “connect” online, more people feel anxious, lonely, depressed, and fearful than ever before. If technology is truly connecting us for the good, then why doesn’t it really feel good the more we do it? It is a growing feeling inside of us who have a Screen Life; something is missing, something just doesn’t feel quite right. Perhaps, we feel misunderstood, lonely, sad, fearful, or just don’t feel like we fit in to the online world anymore. What about the real world?
Let us not forget, the digital age has given us digital media in our digital solo-universes, but the real world is where others are, and where connections are made which make us feel more whole, and a part of something greater than ourselves. It is important as people to remember, Screen Life is not the only life. Let’s not forget to spend some time outside, together, or with ourselves doing something or nothing in the big beautiful world all around (outside!).
Tavius Dot Org