Vart är vi på väg egentligen?

Jepp, jag är gnällig när det kommer till detta: sociala medier. Trots att jag jobbar med det så kan jag absolut inte påstå att jag älskar att vara online. Att ständigt vara uppkopplad och tillgänglig kan helt klart vara en stress och av vad jag har förstått så är det ytterst viktigt för många människor att få bekräftelse och att ständigt uppdatera sina kontakter om hur de mest vardagliga saker ska visas upp. Högst märkligt, kan jag tycka, samtidigt som jag vet att belöningssystemet inom oss är något som ständigt stimuleras i och med dagens digitalisering.

Men trots att det känns som att man kämpar i ständig uppförsbacke när jag pratar om detta, så finns det människor runt omkring världen som liksom jag, har tröttnat och lyckats se igenom den stora lögnen. Att det finns större och värdefullare saker i våra liv än att ta bilder av dagens lunch, senaste shoppingrundan eller hur lustig katten ser ut när den leker med den senaste leksaken.

Häromdagen fick jag ett väldigt bra klipp länkat till mig via Facebook. Tyvärr har jag inte lyckats hitta det så att jag kunnat lägga upp det här, men jag skrev av exakt vad som sades i klippet då jag tyckte det var så fundamentalt och jäkla sant. Om man håller med eller ej tror jag beror på nuvarande livssituation för jag är ganska övertygad om att jag helt och hållet tyckt annorlunda för några år sedan, men att jag idag ser tvärt om på saker och ting då jag dels har fått en egen familj att ta hand om, samt att jag har insett att livet faktiskt är kort.

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I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.
I speak to all of them everyday, yet none of them really know me.
The problem I have sits in the spaces between looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.
I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realized, that this media we call social, is anything but when we open our computers, and it´s our doors we shut.
All this technology we have, it´s just a illusion.
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion.
Yet, when you step away from this device of delusion you awaken to see a world of confusion.
A world where we are slaves to the technology we mastered, where information gets sold by some greedy bastard.
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion, where we all share our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

We´re at our most happy with an experience we share, but is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends, and they´ll be there too, but no one will be, if a group message will do.
We edit and exaggerate, crave adultation, we pretend not to notice the social isolation.
We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening. We don´t even know if anyone is listening.
Being alone is´nt a problem, let me just emphasize if you read a book, paint a picture or do some exercise
you´re being productive and present, not reserved or recluse, you´re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.
So when you´re in public and you start to feel alone, put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone!
You don´t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list, just talk to one another, learn to co-exist.
I can´t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train where no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane.
We´re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies to engage with another and look into someone´s eyes.
We´re surrounded by children, who since they were born have watched us living like robots, and think it´s the norm.
It´s not very likely you´ll make world´s greatest dad if you can´t entertain a child without using an iPad.

When I was a child, I´d never be home be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.
I´d wear holes in my trainers, and graze up my knees, we´d build our own clubhouse high up in the trees.
Now he park´s so quiet, it gives me a chill see no children outside and the swings hanging still.
There´s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple we´re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

So look up from your phone, shut downthat display. Take in your surroundings, make the most of today.
Just one real connection is all it can take, to show you the difference that being there can make.
Be there in the moment when she gives you the look that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
The time when she first held your hand, or first kissed your lips. The time you first disagreed but still love her to bits.
The time you don´t have to tell hundreds of what you´ve just done because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring for the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing.
The time you want to start a family, and the moment when you first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again.
The time she keeps you up all night, and all you want is rest, and the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest.
The time your baby girl returns with a boy for you to hold, and the time he calls you Grandad, and makes you feel real old.
The time you take in all you´ve made, just by giving life attention and how you´re glad you didn´t waste it by looking down at some invention.
The time you hold your wife´s hand, sit down beside her bed. You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat that she´s lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street.

But none of these times ever happended, you never had any of this. When you´re too busy looking down, you don´t see the chances you miss.
So look up from your phone, shut down those displays. We have a finite existence, a set number of days.
Don´t waste your life getting caught in the net as when the end comes, nothing´s worse than regret.

I am guilty too of beeing part of this machine, this digital lworld, we are heard but not seen. Where we type as we talk, and we read as we chat. Where we spend hours together without making eye contact.
Just don´t give in to a life where you follow the hype, give people your love, don´t give them your like.
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined, go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

Look up from your phone, shut down that display. Stop watching this video, live life the real way.


Två andra klipp däremot, som också är värda att se och som ställer viktiga frågor är dessa två. Är våra kulturer de ytterst utvecklade och är mänskligheten, trots all teknologi, så otroligt smart? Egentligen?

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