Today, I was standing at the train station waiting for my train to arrive. It was pleasant weather. The sun was out with a nice little breeze and a pleasant 18-degree temperature. I felt great just doing nothing for a moment and enjoying the commute. It was rush hour, so the station was packed with people. I don’t know what the exact moment was but at some point it just hit me. Everyone was on their phone. Literally, every single person at the train stop was glued to their screen.
I just felt a bit sick. The sheer thought of no one that was actually living in the moment made me a bit nauseous. Every single person was endlessly scrolling through social media, fed by the algorithmic tech giants. I am born in 1994, so I pretty much grew up with technology being at the center of humans attention. But looking at that train station, it just hit me.
What have we become?
If you would show this picture twenty years ago, they would say that everyone turned crazy. Crazy if you like, it has become a weird reality. In today’s society, we are so glued to our screen that we don’t even understand it anymore. It has become such an integral part of our life that people don't even understand how to get rid of it.
So is there a way out? Is this our reality or are we doomed with a dystopian future?
Quote: The many men, women, and children who spend their days glued to their smartphones and social media accounts might learn something from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the groundbreaking megahit “Hamilton.” Asked in an interview with Delta Sky magazine when and where he finds time to be creative, Mr. Miranda, an avid reader of books and enthusiast for unfettered downtime, replied: “The good idea comes in the moment of rest. It comes in the shower. It comes when you’re doodling or playing trains with your son. ‘Hamilton’ forced me to double down on being awake to the inspirations of just living my life.”