One of the implicit rules I’ve learned on the subway is that you aren’t supposed to talk to anyone. You’re supposed to sit there and ignore the rest of the world as your personal space bubble is totally violated.
What do you do while you ignore the rest of the world on the subway? Well, for one, you can sit there and look pissed. Or you can zone out on your iPod or iPhone, checking Facebook or listening to music.
The way technology and social media has taken over our world has exploded. Instead of having conversations with total strangers on the subway, you are supposed to keep to yourself, which, for our generation, has been translated into immersing yourself in technology.
When Andrew, Sena and I visited the 9/11 Memorial, the topic of technology and social media came up. What if our overuse of Twitter, Facebook and texting had been present more than 10 years ago? Would that have saved lives? Would people have been able to tweet, post an update or text others and let them know of a safe way out? Or would it have created more chaos?
While I know it may be seen as an inappropriate application to a sensitive topic, I think as users we need to look at the ways social media and technology can be used for good (and in a lot of cases, we have).
It’s just interesting to me to see what a difference technology has made in our world, and I am curious to see the other ways social media will be used in the future.