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Technology isnt doing us any favors when it comes to communicating


RuppertThe other night I was at a party with some friends. I was sitting on the couch and asked my friend next to me who she was texting. She answered, and I said, “You mean the guy sitting 3 feet away from you?” She nodded as if in disbelief that I would find that the slightest bit strange.

I went on to ask the friend I got a ride to the party with what time she wanted to head out. She made no sound, and a few seconds later my phone buzzed. I looked down and saw that she had texted me the answer to my question. She was standing 2 feet away — and she texted.

As I lay in bed that night, I started pondering how drastically the culture of America has changed throughout the decades. Today, technology is our oxygen. Our minds are convinced we cannot survive without it. I’ve run into numerous people who swear that if they didn’t have their iPhone 5, they’d surely die.

Sidewalks in front of Apple stores are converted into campsites in anticipation of the next breakthrough in the electronic world. Social skills are dropping faster than a lead balloon because, apparently, we would all rather text or email instead of having an actual face-to-face conversation with someone. Also, in case you didn’t know, the best way to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend is now through texting. After all, most of our relationships consist of using various forms of technology to convey our emotions to one another, so why not use the same means to end a relationship?

When we do decide to emerge from our hidey-holes, of course we want to look our best. So, naturally, we throw on a “mini-mini” skirt that shows half our butt (I guess just a “mini” skirt isn’t short enough anymore) and a tube-top, which is really just a piece of spandex fabric sewed into a circle that we try and pass off as a shirt. Guys throw on a wife-beater tank top and a hat, strike a pose in their bathroom mirror, snap a picture on their phone, upload it to Myspace and are good to go. After all, if you want to be considered “hot” in today’s society, taking profile pictures in your parents’ bathroom mirror and wearing little more than a Band-Aid is all it takes.

Along with that, many people are trying to attain the perfect body. So, they just whip out their handy-dandy iPhone, iPad, tablet, BlackBerry, etc., and research liposuction. Heaven forbid we would actually go out and exercise or eat veggies instead of McDonald’s. Why do all that when we can use our retirement funds to have surgery do it for us?

Some people have the right idea: They want to eat healthy, but they’re having a little trouble figuring out how. For instance, the other evening I was in line at the movies, and the lady in front of me ordered a large popcorn, a hot dog with nachos on the side, two boxes of candy and a diet coke. She turned to her friend and mentioned, “I’m trying to watch my weight.”

Our society is quickly deteriorating. If we’re not careful, soon the iPhone 46 will be a thing of the past and Justin Bieber will be elected president.

Jayne Ruppert is a senior at Westside Christian High School and writes a monthly column for the Review. To contact her, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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