The (lost) art of real conversation
City Chatter: Personal conversation robotized in Hoboken
Stumbled upon this new “APP” this morning called “City Chatter.” It’s available for your Apple device in the App Store.
It’s an iOS device app that is basically a phony digital “chat room” for REAL WORLD places.
In other words, you go to a bar or public “hot spot”… where real physical people preside – who all have brains, eyes, ears, and mouths (that you presume can speak English words) – but rather than actually speaking human vocal chords to them like you’re fully capable of doing – you log into this application and “chat” with them electronically first. Oh, the humanity! (where did it go?)
At what point do you unplug from “City Chatter?”
Sure – to some people, this might be considered a great “App…”
I can imagine the newest adult generation finding some merit to a
Matrix digital application that enables them to communicate to another individual without the face-to-face “troubles” that may plague many people (shyness, accountability, eye contact, non-verbal clues, etc.)
However – it’s this author’s belief that if you choose to enter a public venue where other human beings exist (with those same “old school” communication devices like eyes and mouths that you were born with and were taught to use fluently…) you should probably be prepared to USE THEM!
But because the technological slavery has been overcoming the world at an alarming rate – “going to the bar” is not what it used to be.
Can you exist without your phone anymore?
You almost cannot even exist anymore in a public place without being tethered to your “digital communication pad.” The art of interpersonal communication is fading rapidly!
While I totally understand the evolution of such technological applications – I for one, choose not to embrace this particular “app.”
By denying infiltration of this particular “social networking” application into you life – you’re holding on to the last bastions of humanity.
- The downside? You might miss out on the opportunity to “hook up” with the person who lives solely in this digital world (hot or not).
- The upside? You have a better chance of finding one of the dwindling number of “real” humans left on the planet.
Enjoy your “app time!”