It seems that nowadays, we are obsessed with documenting what is going on while it is happening, rather than enjoying the moment and then having the excitement of re-living the story later on. Gone are the days when you would have to wait for a friend to return from their holiday in order to hear just how fabulous it was: that friend is now texting, Tweeting and posting pictures on Facebook when they are supposed to be laying on a beach or discovering some new culinary delight, rather than staring at their iPhone screen. No longer do we meet friends for coffee to catch up on unknown adventures and gossip: we already know from stalking each other online! Such a society, where we snoop around our friends’ profiles, and spy on their social lives, seems somewhat backwards and, dare I say it, unfriendly.
To me, this is a huge problem: our inability to enjoy the moment marks the end of one era, and the beginning of another in which our concentration spans diminish and we cease to be passionate about anything. Social networking sites have taken away the element of surprise and apprehension in modern life. If we are all so busy updating the online community on our every move, are we really paying attention to what we are so hurriedly Tweeting about?
I would love to hear some opinions on this. I would like to make clear that I am not against social networking, and do use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and share photos. But, I believe there is a time and a place, and that we are becoming too addicted to living double lives, as we simultaneously experience and share every aspect of our existence online.