Thinking…

Sometimes when I get in my overthinking modes (which is often) I think about what other people are thinking. LOTS of thinking right? But what really scares me is that at the end of it – you never realllyyy know what that other person is thinking. You may think you know someone backwards and forwards, inside and out but when it comes down to it: do we ever really know anyone?

Now a take a second to think about this here. How many times have you told a person one thing, but were thinking something competely different. Or acted like you were listening, but in all actuality you were thinking about something completely irrelvant. We’ve all done it, so we’re all at fault. But what happens when the ‘faking’ it part, becomes more real and before you know it that person sitting across from you becomes a big fat lie. Would you ever really realize?

I like to believe that I would. I mean you go on believing that you know someone so well, you would at least notice when they start acting completely different right? But there are always those crazy stories that you hear on the news or are spread by gossip about a wife, a girlfriend, a husband, etc. etc. who lead double lives, who turn out to be a murderer or something you never expected. I mean are the people involved just that stupid or are they just overwhelming trusting? Or does it all come back to my original thought.. do we ever really know someone?

“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..” – Libba Bray

Technology.

As an advertising major, technology is undeniably a major part of my life. As a kid of the 90’s.. it’s in my DNA, especially when it comes to social media. As a result, I guess I’m a bit biased towards the benefits of applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. However, that’s not to say that they don’t have their faults.

The question of our generation: Is technology beneficial or a harmful? The argument could easily be made for either side. I mean lives have been saved due to the advancement of technology and that’s certainly an improvement in our society no? It is much easier to get in contact with people, educate yourself and express yourself with ever expanding internet. It has definitely worked in my benefit multiple times. In fact, two of my internships were landed solely through social media. I learned of a possible job opportunity through my ad club. Strangely enough, the girl who told informed me about it told me to tweet at the person I wanted to interview with. At first, I really didn’t think anything would come of it, but I figured I had nothing to lose. So I tweeted. Within 15 minutes I had a response, a person to email and a few more followers. By the next day I had a job. Following that internship, I landed another one through Twitter yet again. In addition to jobs, a good portion of my generation gets their news through social media. I mean it’s actually scary to see how far and how fast technology has developed in just my mere 21 years of existence. For example, I just recently saw this video: 3D PRINTER and was blown away. I mean I can’t even imagine breaking a part of my desk and just printing something to replace it within minutes. And yet, this is definitely happening in our future.

However, I fluctuate between not being able to live without my technology, to wanting to throw out every laptop, cell phone etc. that I own. Cell phones and technology in general have become ingrained in our lives to an almost scary extent. It is crazy to see that people can communicate behind the screen of cell phone or laptop, but fail to do so in person. Although I definitely fall victim to walking and texting but walking around campus see this…Untitled… sometimes gives me a serious reality check. Texting and driving accidents have gone way up. There are so many scams and horrible things happening due to the existence of the internet (Craigslist killer anyone?). People rely on technology so much that there is even a phobia of being out of contact with someone via mobile phone – nomophobia. I mean seriously?! In a recent British studied, out of 1,000 people surveyed 66% of people were afraid of losing or being separated from their phones. [Click to read more] People go so far as being willing to give up brushing their teeth for a week in order to have their precious iPhone. What does this really say about our society?

When the great minds of the past envisioned the future, I wonder if they imagined we would be this far or that we would be even further? Would they be disappointed with what our society has become or proud at the advancements we’ve made? Does every generation feel that things have changed so rapidly or are we becoming a insanely fast paced driven society? Or perhaps it’s always been like this and I was too naive to realize it. I am all for technology improving, as long as humanity and nature always come first. Take a look around every once and while, breathe in fresh air, appreciate the simplicities of life and maybe turn off the phone every once in awhile. Contrary to popular belief – it won’t actually kill you.

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards – Aldous Huxley