Reality TV shows really defeat the purpose of living your own life. We sit inactively on a plush couch instead of actually living life. I am curious what the draw is in watching how spoiled the Kardashians are. Or the marriage of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lache. Maybe if the cameras and recorders were all secretly planted it would be more interesting to me, but the reality TV casts all know they are being videotaped for everybody to see. So can it even be considered reality as they record for (keyword:) some show?
Or take the Wii. The goal of this gaming systems and the other up and coming systems are to make the video game seem as real as possible. That seems counterproductive. If you want your "game" to be that real that it seems like you are actually playing tennis, why not actually pick up a racket and play tennis? Maybe earn a ranked spot on a college team some day, or at least meet a new friend who will be there to listen to you when your life goes awry.
How many countless hours kids and adults spend waste in front of plastic voided TV boxes. All that time could be invested towards something that fuels your spirit. It can take a lifetime to accomplish something great, something of worth: a creative-juiced journey, an athletic endeavor, travels, a strong marriage, wisdom. Yet, mostly due to laziness, we are using our days up sitting and watching someone else's life or playing virtual games.
Second Life is a 'free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat'. Boom! Now you've got friends.
Match.com allows you to 'browse through thousands of online dating profiles of smart and sexy singles near you. It is a leading online dating site & resource for personals and singles.' Romantic relationship?...check!
Some IBM offices are left quiet and abandoned, while virtual conference meetings take place. Employees can attend high business profile meetings in virtual clothes, at a virtual location, with other employees also sitting at home, dressed in their underwear.
Online classes eliminate the need for college campuses.
Texting and Facebook cancel out connecting eye-to-eye contact and the intonations of each other's voices.
Kindles nix out libraries bustling with readers and knowledge-seekers.
Online banking scratches the weekly trip to the bank, eBay to your favorite retail stores.
End result? High-potential, interesting, built-for-something-great people living as hermits.
We need to be aware of this trend. Yes, technology is a great resource. But it is overtaking our lives. Soon, there will be no need for people to leave their dark and empty rooms. The only friend you'll have will be your fake-lit computer screen and voided box-of-a-TV. We will be living virtual lives instead of actual lives. Life is an amazing gift, and it will be wasted and trashed if we do not get our heads out of electronics and back into life.
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