Text versus a Wave

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Leslie1 Comment

“Free Wi-Fi”. This is music to the ears to anyone trying to get a faster connection on their phone so they can finish their comment on Facebook. The internet has because a place where everyone and anyone with a smartphone or a laptop live in many hours a day. At least once a day, someone either asks me ‘Do you have an Iphone/ android charger?’ or “Hey, what’s the wi-fi password?” People are so connected to their phones now in age.

Where I work, there is a private Wi-Fi and the public sucky Wi-Fi. I usually have around 20 parents (not even kidding) ask me to sign them in to the better Wi-Fi because they need to ‘check something.’ I always have to say no, we can’t do that because every single staff member has a unique sign in to the Wi-Fi.

At home like 3 years, I look up and everyone is on their phone or tablet or laptop doing something and have to say their names a few times before I can get some attention. I tried unplugging the Wi-Fi once to get a question answered about where my shoes were. Let’s just say I never did that again. And luckily, they have started to look up more and less at their phones.

When I am in the train, most people are listening to music, playing games on their phones, or texting, since Wi-Fi underground is now a thing too. No one looks at each other or talks to each other. People would rather google the directions that ask anyone on the train for them (not like you could since everyone is jamming to music and can’t hear you).

When I am in the elevator of my building, and I am guilty of this, I whip out my phone and look busy so I don’t have to have any conversations with my neighbors even though I have known these people since I was almost 2.

Technology has created a huge disconnect between people. People don’t communicate as much anymore. People would rather talk to google or Siri than talk to each others’ face. People have more social anxiety and shyness because it is so easy to type something that say something.

For me, this makes me angry because I really enjoy face to face conversations. There is an authenticity to talking in person than just typing up an over-thought text. Technology and the digital world doesn’t create memories. I can’t remember what I posted last week, but I can remember the awesome conversation about food I had with a friend in person. I can’t remember when I took a picture with my phone, but I can remember the things I did that day. The digital world pushes us to live a zombie-like boring life if we stop interacting with other people. I believe that people, especially millennials, are realizing these things are trying to revert back to a bit less technology, and more memory making.


  1. Hi, Leslie, I enjoyed how angry you get at the use of phones. I find it frustrating too, but I have not taken action like you have. And, regarding this class and my love for architecture, it is specially annoying to find myself and others in a wonderful space (building or plaza or room or anywhere) looking down at a screen. I feel guilty and hope to gather the courage to call people out and change my attitudes as well. Thank you! — A

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