Weekly Wrtiting Challenge: Mind the Gap| Zombie Apocolypse

Cell phones, computers, tablets, e-readers; where does it end? It seems as though the digital age has completely taken over. Everything that was once a phyisical entity, CD’s, books, magazines, have all been brought into their digital maturity. What was life like before all of this? What was life like before people became phone zombies? I remember the days before all people did was look down. Those days seem so far away, but really weren’t that long ago. I remember my dad, getting his first cell phone, how excited he was. But he wasn’t the only one, we were all excited. At first, cell phones just seemed like a thing of convenience. They were there if an emergency happened, or if you were in a rut and needed to call someone away from home. The original purpose of a cell phone was really quite awesome. But then, the smartphone came along. I have compared smartphone users to the Zombies on the Walking Dead. The time of small talk with strangers has completely gone by the wayside, and it really is a sad state of affairs. Take the bus somewhere and look around you. All anyone is doing is tweeing, facebooking, emailing, etc. People wonder why it’s so hard to make new friends? All this digitalization is the culprit.

But don’t let me fool you into thinking that I am completely against it. I think that the age of digitilization has its benefits for sure. The news right at your fingertips, the latest breakthroughs in an instant, and emailing on the go if you forgot to send one at work. These are the things I value, these are the things I think people should take advantage of.

But what in the world is the point of constantly being on social media? How does one get to know ones self if all they do is interact with people they barely know online? This isn’t the only issue though. I have done some research and there is an actual side effect of constant social media useage. Social media anxiety is becoming more and more prevelant amongst young people who don’t have much of a social life to begin with. It is rendering their ability to actually physically interact with people and social media becomes their lives. This is scary. This is reality. I feel like we need to change it. I feel like we need to set reality apart from what isn’t real with our children and young adults. Even with adults though, reality IS social media. People are becoming slaves to their phones and it is scary.

All you have to do is go to a restaurant waiting room and sit down and take a look around to realize that 90% of the people in there are phone zombies. For those of you waiting for that zombie apocolypse…GUESS WHAT? It’s already happening all around you. Take a look up from your iPhone and become aware of your surroundings. You may be surprised.


8 thoughts on “Weekly Wrtiting Challenge: Mind the Gap| Zombie Apocolypse

  1. Redo You Project says:

    Aww, the more we put into our cell phones and the like, the more people try to steal them! Every “improvement” has its price, I guess. Good job here!


  2. jasminecara says:

    Thanks! And yeah, you’re right. I think that this is inevitably becoming the new way of life…

  3. kokkieh says:

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with Doctor Who, but in the 2006 episode Rise of the Cybermen people have these pods in their ears instead of cell phones which download news, weather, even jokes directly into their brains. They wear it 24/7. In the end, the Cybermen use it to control their minds. Between a smart phone and google glass we’re about there. Zombie apocalypse, like you said, but no rotting flesh, just electronics.

    • jasminecara says:

      Still becoming a lonely world either way isn’t it?

      • kokkieh says:

        That it is. We’re losing the art of communication. As I wrote in my piece, the more connected we become, the less we’re able to connect. You can’t hear another person with earphones in your ear, you can’t see another person if there’s a screen between you.

  4. Pete says:

    Hi after the brief discussion about fb I thought I would give you a visit and you have an interesting blog. I live yout talk on technology and let you into a little secret I have been online longer then porn, I used to be in the air force in the early 80’s and I used the fore runner of the internet to send messages around the world. So having seen how technology has changed and how fast things are going it all going to end in tears. I have my rescue package just in case, £500, 12 large cases of water, solar and wind up radio, cell phone chargers, torches, saleable items, dried and vacumed packed food stuff etc. If technology breaks down so does the majority of the western world, no access to money, clean water, just to start with, last month a virus was let loose and it infected so many computers the internet slowed down. A 17 year old with a laptop in his bedroom ona tiny island off the north of Scotland got access to the worlds top companies as well as the FBI, CIA and NORAD image what he could have done. Sleep well lol:D

    • jasminecara says:

      It really is insane how much we rely on technology to keep western civilization going. When New England had that huge hurricane in 2011 that knocked out power to many people for weeks, people drove 40 miles just to huddle in a McDonald’s to use their wifi. It’s terrifying to think that if it all went out we would be screwed. Have you watched the show Revolution? This basically points out exactly what your saying here.

  5. Pete says:

    No I don’t get that here in Scotland, but I have said it all along, we do reply on far to much. But saying that I had a one of the first cell phones in 1992 it was the size of a brick and the stupid thing was I didn’t know anyone else who had one, they were expensive to run, but I had one.about 4 weeks after I bought it I get a call on it and this mans voice asked if I was enjoying the phone and he also asked me if I would like to consider selling them part time, I said that I have to stand in a certain corner of my home to make a call, they are expensive and big, I don’t think they would take off…….I later found out the man that called opened one of the first cell phone shops and now has an estimated fortune of £420 million………… Don’t you just hate technology lol

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