In my last post I referenced an article that I had read and was referred to by a fellow blogger. The article discussed the ever-increasing problem with depression and the probable reasons for this epidemic. I found the article very interesting and although humorous, I couldn’t find an argument to the reasons.
After reading the naked photo study intro to the article, the first reason it gave was annoying strangers. Or rather, the lack thereof. In the 21st century, we no longer have enough annoying strangers in our lives. At least that’s the theory.
“We’re losing that skill, the one that lets us deal with strangers and tolerate their shrill voices and clunky senses of humor and body odor and squeaky shoes.”
Has modern technology decreased our need for human interaction? It has made it possible for us to do most of our shopping online. We now get to miss the crazy ass person talking to herself in the toilet paper aisle of the grocery store. We get to miss the older ladies beating each other with their purses over the last cabbage patch kid during holiday shopping. We would rather watch a movie on our blu-ray players at home than throw popcorn at the noisy kids interrupting our movie. We don’t even have to go into the video store to rent a movie anymore. We can rent a movie online now and miss out on waiting 20 minutes in line on a Friday night so you can over hear the people in front of you discussing the end of the movie you are about to rent.
We live in a society where computers and internet were developed to make our life easier. We can avoid the difficulties and annoyances that we’ve complained about for so many years. But now that its all been avoided, exactly what do we have left to talk about? Maybe thats what is so depressing.
Personally, I do the majority of my shopping in person. That’s just my preference. I do avoid the bank as much as possible and prefer to use online banking to pay my bills. I love seeing the crazy ass people in the store. Those experiences, for me, make great stories and are tons of fun to talk about. I am one of the crazy people that shows up at 3am for Black Friday sales (Christmas shopping). I talk to the cashiers at the grocery store when they seem friendly and will occasionally strike up a conversation with someone in the store. This is FAR different from how I use to be.
I use to be the person that walked into a store-bank-doctor’s office-gas station and always knew everyone there. The employees knew me by name and I usually was able to recognize at least one of the customers in the store. I knew the tellers in my bank and they knew the names of my kids. I knew the people at the video store by name and in a few cases, even who they were dating or married to. I could walk into a donut shop and my donut would be ready for me because they had seen me pull up. I didn’t really think about these changes until I read this article. I don’t know what happened but its just not like that anymore. Honestly, that IS depressing.