A tough time reaching reality in today’s world.

Eric (@blankey) 10 years, 2 months ago

Today, the percentage of Americans owning a tv set is 99%, one of the largest in the world alongside Japan. Movies, iPods, and cell phones are taking over. Most of us don’t even consider the implications it may have on us in the long run. When we watch a movie, we are viewing something that is supposed to resemble reality. You may not think this is true, but movies and television to a lot of people are more real, than real life. It’s almost like you can’t relate to anyone because you think people are like the ones you see on tv. The way humans interact on screen is all scripted and that is being programmed into us. I think we are now expecting movie like results in real life, and it just isn’t happening. We are not spending enough time with family, friends, etc. But when you are doing something in reality how often do you check your phone? Your brain can’t multitask. It’s like you’re in reality one minute, then the next you go to a whole different reality.

My family doesn’t even interact much anymore besides at dinner or on some occasions when we go do something (usually a movie). We all get home from work or school then hop on the computer or tv. We will sometimes watch shows together but we don’t look at each other, we don’t talk to each other. We just watch this tube that spits out fictional bullshit. This is the first time in human history that, on a mass scale people are using cell phones regularly, watching television, and using the internet. They all have their pros and cons, but the cons seem to be out numbering the pros in at least the case of cell phones and television/movies. The internet is a different case though. The internet is a giant brain that has the potential to impact this world and possibly spark the change it needs, so I am leaving it out.

Thoughts?

November 24, 2011 at 8:01 am
Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Yup. I started hating on TV a long time ago because it was too popular amongst my peers. Best decision of my teenage years. I watch like 2 hrs of TV a month now. Do I see the benefits? Not really. Would I see them if I was instantly transplanted from a person who watches primetime on the constant to my current self? Well that’s a large maybe.

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Jose (0) (@finalboss13) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

take this post not to literally as it is 342 am and my thoughts are not well thought out… i agree that t.v./ movies / reality t.v. the internet and facebook can be a waste of time. if only movies told good stories like “life is beautiful” would watching movies excite me and convince me 8 bucks per person is worth it to catch in theaters. but i believe somewhere in the Bible towards the ends of time it talks about once everyone has heard the story of Jesus then the begining of the ends of time will happen. what tool can be used to get that story to the entire world? t.v. nope…. facebook. nope internet…. closer but still not quite there. if someone could incorporate some kind of message the entire world could see over. the world would begin to end. in a good way. in the meantime. . . what matters right now is love and family. and your absolutely right this alternate reality called entertainment that we catch glimpses of thru windows or screens is furthering us from ourselves our families come second to video games, spouses fall behind sports, children hidden behind tech. darn you electricity!

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Fuck media, just throw the bullshit box out your window (rockstar style fuck yeah!)

If you say it’s a tough time, it’s a tough time. If you don’t, it isn’t. For you, that is.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I went to visit my family a few states away, I hadn’t seen them in a year, and our “time together” literally consisted of them watching the game on TV, while texting or being on facebook, the entire time, while I sat there and eventually resorted to a book or sudoku. It was depressing and I seemed to be the only one who noticed, probably because I don’t watch television(Netflix sometimes) and choose not to have a cellphone. Literally as I am typing this “the news” in the lobby at my work is reporting on a lady buying an expired turkey… Seriously, WTF!?
I think the reason why some people notice this is we choose to abstain from media a lot more than others, or at least question its impact, while a lot of others just see it as a normal part of our world now. Not to mention technology is addictive. I am very torn about my position on getting a phone eventually, facebook, and how much time I spend online. It’s tough to find a balance and I definitely notice that my thoughts start mirroring the internet when I spend a lot of time on here.

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R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

lighten up. t.v. isn’t all bad. I particularly enjoy the show South Park

seems like technology now days just gives you more time to be needlessly busy, and being busy sucks

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Keenan, agreed. Technology is not inherently bad, just like anything else. The fact that it is not at all difficult in today’s world to literally spend no time(awake) with no distractions, is bad. No one ever has to be truly alone with themselves(without television, cellphone, book, etc) if they don’t want to. What effect do you suppose that has on personal development?

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Technology is from hell. I suggest we destroy all technology and banish it, and then we burn all opposers alive.

I don’t think there’s anyone who’s against technology, really. There’s no need to defend it because noone is attacking. Btw technology isn’t the problem, technology doesn’t force anyone to watch tv, hell nothing forces anyone to watch tv. That’s a choice people make.


@Keenan
Being busy is awesome, not being busy sucks.

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eastsighed (1) (@eastsighed) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Recognition, moderation. Hoo-hah my turkey day soldiers! Try to get your family to take a walk

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

Yeah no one is saying “fuck technology!” Technology isn’t bad, it’s awesome and is the way of the future, however, the way most people are using it is not for the benefit of them or humanity.

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Cam7’s (0) (@rilo78) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

To say people are getting distracted by technology is like saying people are all out of shape from vehicles, or fast food. It is a shame that many people abuse food and become overweight, just like its a shame that many people abuse technology and media to become distracted.

I personally cancel cable every summer (mainly because im a sports fan and its lacking) and find it results in getting more done in a day and i also leave the house more often.

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Cam7’s (0) (@rilo78) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

I wonder if people that practice daily meditation are on average much less involved in technology and media.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Eric True dat.

@Cam7´s Maybe they are. I meditate daily (more than once a day) and I love technology. Not the bad shit like tv or microwave oven, but computer stuff, guitar stuff, synthesizers, sound systems, power tools, etc. I’m crazy about that stuff.

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

hey i just got the tv now. it is the first one i ever had and the movie channels rock. im afraid to watch any of the news or other crap. infact i would rather meditate. it is way more interesting to watch the myriad stream of thoughts flowing in one ear and oout the other.!

and yes manimal power tools, garden leaf blowers when you have 3 hectares of trees like mine, a power wood saw, sanders, screwdriver, computer to chat with you guys on HE. all this is positive technology . it is how we use it and dont abuse it!

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Ellie yeah it’s rather sad how get togethers mainly consist of tv/movie watching with periodical texting/facebooking. It’s like people are scared to talk to each other and actually feel a connection on a friendly level.

How is this world going to get any better with everyone so concerned about tiger woods cheating on his wife or what some celebrity named her kid. This universe is so fucking mysteriously massive and it’s like the masses don’t even care.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 2 months ago ago

@Ellie yeah it’s rather sad how get togethers mainly consist of tv/movie watching with periodical texting/facebooking. It’s like people are scared to talk to each other and actually feel a connection on a friendly level.

How is this world going to get any better with everyone so concerned about tiger woods cheating on his wife or what some celebrity named her kid. This universe is so fucking mysteriously massive and it’s like the masses don’t even care.

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berry (0) (@antijude) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I honestly don’t buy it, dragon, eric. It is baseless to argue of rampant technological abuse, ravage fantasy, and media binging while still propping the culprit up as awesome and progressive.

What would the world look like without consumer electronics? it would be a cleaner, calmer, and more loved place. these electronic fantasies we all become ensnared by are the alternative to life, and its not hard to understand their popularity.

We are living in the golden age of escapism, and as a direct result, our immediate reality has become mangy and uninviting to the countless enthralled, who will never explore their artistry, their philosophy, their passions of all sorts. Like so many fish, we have been hooked and it is only moral to place blame on the man in the boat. Believe if you can, for every moment you trade life for tech, somebody’s making a dollar, and that’s the game.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

^^You don’t buy what?

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Dominika (55) (@dominika) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

THANK YOU. I hate it when im with friends and its a perfectly nice day and theyre all just watching TV. Theres no interaction. People label me ADD because I cant/wont sit through a movie, but I just dont think its right to be staring at a screen when theres so much to be lived.

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EliseTheAstronaut (23) (@elisetheastronaut) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Sometimes, I equate these technologies with addictions. And I include all: Tv, netflix, cell phones, facebook, etc… Yes. There are wonderful qualities to all of these, and they can expand our horizons in many ways. But they can claim your mind… in a twisted, barely noticeable way. They, like every other addiction, see that you are no longer free.

Like, I need to DO shit… feel, smell, taste, hear, breathe. If I cannot be fulfilled in these doings without my technology, there’s something seriously wrong.

In saying that, I have no substance addictions. Doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy alcohol, tobacco, weed, or shrooms. I just don’t let them take my freedom.

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Kevin (188) (@bigred) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Im super against TV and commercialism, media, and the likes. I havnt watched it for years.

I detest eveything about it. The mindcontrol box. It makes me sick being yelled at and cohersed to spend my hard earned money.

The money that we shouldnt even need.
fucking money. and tv.
nodeal.

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Joseph (114) (@warriors41) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

The ride will be bumpy at first, but it’ll smooth out. After all, it’s just a ride.

My prediction for the future: Attempt to control internet will increase, internet will be controled, controlling will prove to be too hard and lose its merit, entertainment for money will be resolved, accesible media will shrink its availability based on how much love they were given, end result: pure sharing of media. (media can switched to information)

Just imagine all the people with power suddenly shutting off incidentally and all the rest would be left to share the power. Could be good could be bad, depends on us. Time to evolve.

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Pata (4) (@odjur) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Todays world? Its never been easier or harder and it wont ever be.

If you think the current ‘state of the world’ has any effect on you reachin reality you are completely wrong and confused. You wont ever reach reality if you think stuff like that means anythin or has any influence.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Pata, What? I’m a little confused. I was just commenting on how television, computer, and other things are distracting for most people and keeps us from interacting with each other and enjoying “reality” like we should.
“You wont ever reach reality if you think stuff like that means anythin or has any influence.” How so? Everyone I know is usually on their phone when I am with them, meaning they are not fully in reality or the present. By me realizing this I have given up television almost all together and try to never use my phone, thus, giving me more time to enjoy the present moment.

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Sushma (0) (@sunshinestateofmind) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I completely agree. It’s funny I had a very interesting conversation around this issue with one my co-workers. He’s much older than me, and we talked about the stark differences in society and forms of social communication when he was twenty-three years old. For instance, he said people valued the time they spent with one another, because everything was planned down to the minute if you were meeting up with someone before cellphones were invented. People read more, talked more about philosophy, and after reading something beautiful, they absorbed it instead of just moving onto the next thing.

Today, we are bombarded by information on a daily basis, we google things instead of using our brain. We look at our phones more than people, and struggle to have face-to-face conversations. In some ways we’ve come so far but in others we’ve really taken a leap in the wrong direction.

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