Well it’s that time of year again, the time where we all scramble through the crowds to try and find that perfect gift for the loved ones in our life. I can remember a time when there was no internet at all, and going to the mall to fight the crowds was more of a tradition than anything else. I can remember getting a group of guys together and going to the local mall to make fun of each other while we tried to accomplish some shopping. It was usually a really good time. You would see plenty of people there who you normally would not run into throughout the year. They too would be wondering around aimlessly trying to find something that would catch their eye.
Nowadays things are completely different than they were back then. You don’t even need to leave your living room to do your holiday shopping. You can simply go to a store’s website, and have the gift shipped to your door. If you do decide to step-out and go to the local mall, you would be lucky to run into some of your friends. If they do happen to be there, you will probably miss them when they go by as chances are they will be looking at their phone, or you will be scrolling through yours.
Technology has completely changed the way we interact with each other these days. Our phones have evolved into handheld computers making all of the world’s information accessible through a few taps and clicks. Even the biggest idiots among us can seem intelligent simply because they know how to look things up on their hand-held Trivial Pursuit machine. People rarely talk to each other anymore as there isn’t a need when they text each other. This is a great way for you to get your point across without having to listen to someone else’s point of view. Then we use Facebook and other forums to tell our “selected” group of friends what we are doing, or what we would rather be doing. It’s all so impersonal, but at times I have to admit, I love it! I am man enough to admit that I don’t like answering the phone, or even talking on it. I have never been one for explaining myself, or telling someone what I am doing and/or why. The new cell phones make it so we can share what we want to share, not what we are forced to share. If someone texts me and ask me what I am doing, I can tell them anything I want. How are they going to know any different? I really think it has made me more likeable simply because I can think of how I am going to respond to someone before I actually do. I have the tendency to say exactly what I’m thinking, and I have found out over the years that many people in the world really appreciate that about me. There are also quite a few who hate it…so I use a cell phone to talk to them.
In all seriousness, the holidays should be a time when we try to interact with each other a bit more. That’s what it’s supposed to be all about. My whole family has cell phones and I am going to make an attempt this year to try to turn mine off. Yes, I will still be doing most of my shopping online, but I may just go to the mall this year to see if I can spot any of my friends. Hopefully I can catch them texting me.