Sometimes I think to myself, wondering, what it would be like if there was a switch that could be flipped that would end the internet. A switch that could be flipped that would shut off sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of it. A switch that would obliterate cell phone internet connectivity. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up and go to log onto the internet and see a blank screen saying that it was all over?
Of course, there are some good things about the internet. E-mail is nice. Also, selling and buying on the internet is sometimes wonderful. I used to live in a very rural area and could not easily get some items that I searched for, many of which were Japanese made or obscure. Now, living in a large city it's a lot easier to find things, however it's still nice to compare prices on the internet and save money.
However, I wonder if the good outweighs the bad, or if it's the other way around. We live in a world where people are oblivious to "the real world." We live in a world where people look down at their cell phones as they walk, as if they are missing an all-important Tweet. We live in a world where self esteem rises and falls like the stock market. Where one judges their popularity on the number of likes their posts on Facebook get. A world where people's mood is decided by their morning Twitter feed. A world where people think that they are doing something for the world if they share that they are against animal cruelty or breast cancer aware (and otherwise do nothing about it).
I can't help but feel that it would be great if I woke up and saw the masses perplexed that their internet was gone. I would feel perplexed for a moment, but then the gladness would set in. I would jump for joy at the thought of Facebook being gone. At people having to once again having to form real friendships. At the thought of people not thinking they can say horrible things to others and hide behind their computer monitors. Wouldn't it be great? A world where all the garbage that the internet has created would be gone? Garbage that started with the first chat rooms and internet forums that caused "trolls" to rise up. And then continued with the advent Myspace, Friendster, Facebook and Twitter, the (a)social media sites that consumed people's lives. Let it burn!
Imagine opening a newspaper and not having to read about Facebook or (a)social media? Imagine not having to worry about a loved one being killed or killing someone due to checking these sites while driving? Checking a website in itself is not evil, but being consumed with it to the point of having to compulsively check it, and putting your life and others in danger is. And what is the point of checking these sites constantly? Why can't they wait? Why do people feel the need to compulsively check (a)social networking websites? Is their self-esteem truly tied that much into it?
Yes. The idea of the internet going down and the world reverting to a simpler time really appeals to me. I don't hate technology. But, I loathe the world of (a)social networking. I loathe how people think that (a)social networking is all-important. I don't understand how people can be so consumed by it. I know that I am not alone in this way of thinking. Yet, (a)social networking is out there, so loud, consuming the entire world. Oh, how I would love to watch it all burn. How I would like to see the websites all fail. One by one. A world without (a)social networking. If there is a day where the Twitter feeds all fail, where Facebook flickers to nothing, and where nothing new rises in their places, oh if there is such a great and wonderful day, I hope that I am alive for it. I will run into the streets and sing. I would love to live in a world where people can celebrate personal relationships -- where people can be thoughtful without having to share it with the rest of the world. Where one can feel good about themselves without having the things they did receive a like.
Will the world ever be like that?