honestly anyone who uses technology to avoid human contact sounds depressing to me. I got rid of my cell phone at the new year. I like to call from my
house phone (which is an antique rotary stand up type I just had to have) to order my pizza and pick it up in person. Or if I dont want to wait, I go
to little ceasars and get the hot n ready. I always love to talk to whoever is helping me out. In my experience from having dealt with customer
service at the largest retailer on Earth for a decade during the busy hours in the entertainment department, Striking up conversation with strangers
can and does cheer up a lot of people and brightens their day.
When me and my old friends find time to have a night to ourselves away from the family, we usually play cards or dominos, drink beers, smoke stuff,
and just laugh and talk about crazy stuff in our day to days. After about three hours or after 1am, whichever comes first, we enjoy to hit the streets
and walk the neighborhood and see who we encounter. Maybe we'll go to the pool hall, strip club who knows.
If I need a replacement part for a product or want to buy something, I usually wait till my day off and try to find it at a flea market, thrift shop,
retailer, make it myself, or order online in that order. Thats right, ordering online is MY
last resort. In fact, in an effort to support the
post office, I now MAIL my payments instead of using the online bill pay. Come on dudes, we cannot lose the post office. They have been faithfully
loyal at bringing our correspondence for centuries, we can just abandon them now.
In fact some of my days off consist of me and the boys riding our bikes down the road and stopping to say hello to many of the small businesses along
the avenue and the people who work there who I have enjoyed meeting and talking with. As a result, my son is not at all socially awkward or shy, and
jumps right into a group of kids at the playground or mall to say hello and say wussup.
All this, and I am only 29. I believe our futures are determined by how we see the past. I do love my robot vacuum cleaner though. I also have a robot
gutter cleaner (man that thing is damn handy). Next step is a robot lawn mower, but a decent one starts at a few thousand. I give it five years before
I see the first under $1000 robotic lawn mower.
Then shall open my entirely robotic land scaping business bwahahaha
No homeowner will ever be scared of their insurance going up because of an illegally employed person getting injured on their property, and without
staff to pay, I can undercut everyone in my community.
Any technology though that replaces my interaction with a friendly fellow citizen I try to stay away from. I love people, and can befriend virtually
anyone in person. I dont take virtual friendships seriously anyways.
I have to confess though, I do use Fandango to purchase my movie tickets and pick up at the kiosk. This has more to do with me not wanting to wait in
a long line when the people at the window decide thats when they want to figure out what they want to watch. occasional user of self checkouts if the
lines are shorter.
Also, you would be surprised how often people still ask others in person for directions when lost. I get the question almost every day that I decide
to just walk or bike the streets. And here I thought everyone had a GPS or a smart phone by now. Oh wait, I own neither at this time.
I really really wish there were still pay phones in the city though