Once, as a joke, my dad recieved a fishing hat for his birthday. On the hat it had a message that read, “I’m lost. If found, please return me to (insert address).” It was dad’s 50th birthday, and we were terribly afraid that all sense had been lost at that point.
Those were the years before Tom-Tom and Sue-Sue! Now we have On Star and GPS systems in our cars and on our phones. The capacity to get lost is nearly impossible! In fact, the opportunity to impose self will over these devices brings strong retribution. One “wrong turn” or impulsive decision sends the computer into a frenzy and recalculations come streaming forth.
As if this intrusion into our lives isn’t enough, we are further encouraged to “tweet”, etc. every single time that we breathe. Then those “tweets” are linked to every other social network imaginable so that EVERYONE will know where we are at precisely what moment.
The crazy thing is that most people really don’t care! Nothing irritates me more than opening my favorite social networking site only to see post after post about someone’s whereabouts. “So and so is at Walmart.” “So and so is at home.” “So and So is at Chile‘s.” “So and so went to the bathroom!” Honestly, if that is all there is to blogging or being social, I would rather be a hermit. I am personally more interested in where people stand on issues rather than where they stand geographically.
While many of these new devices prove to be life saving when a wreck occurs or a man’s ego needs saving, there is a limit. To those who have an obsession with tweeting every movement (internal or external), I would tweet in reply, “Get a life or get lost!”