I would like to start off by saying thank you to Facebook for, “Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” twitter for, “Giving everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers,” and finally Instagram for being there with us, “To capture and share the world’s moments.” As one can tell from these three companies mission statements, it is their sole priority to make sure you can share everything. Unfortunately, our generation has taken to a bit of an obsession over sharing.
An example of this obsession was highlighted over the weekend at the premier of Black Mass in Boston. At the star studded event, large crowds where eager to capture videos and photos on their smart phones of the festivities. However, it was a photo of an elderly lady leaning up on barrier simply taking in the sights that has captivated everyone. For around her everyone else had their phones out eagerly trying to capture all the events. Which brings up the question of instead of living the events we are attending we are now living though our phones or devices. Is the obsession too great that we can no longer simply stand there and enjoy the experience? Some may say that it is simply part of a group mentality, the person to my left and right are taking photos; therefore, I am missing out and should as well be taking a photo. Or better yet, have these social media companies done such a good job programming us that if we attend an event we must take a photo or video. For if we don’t the next question that will likely come up is, did you even attend the event? What do you mean you didn’t take any photos? It’s as if the word of mouth mean nothing, storytelling now has to involve your phone showing photos and videos you took of the event. Now don’t get me wrong it does make a story that much creditable and interesting, i.e. I was front row at the concert last night and then you have a photo of the lead singer right in front of you. Or I went out fishing last weekend a caught a six foot wahoo, you better have photos or I would never believe you.
However, when you were taking that photo or video there was a phone or device in-between you and the concert. Where even if it was just for a second you were more concerned about making sure the photo was in perfect focused than the fact you favorite song, singer or actor is right in front of you. Lastly, an argument could be made that taking one photo to simply preserve a memory is justifiable. I would agree with this, however, there is a time and place for everything and of course with moderation. Nevertheless, next time you are out and have an urge to pull out our phone to capture and share the event, stop and just soak in the experience and then when you want to share it tell someone about it as if your eyes could speak.
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