Our generation is socially awkward, and I blame electronics. It's more common to text than it is to talk with each other and that disgusts me.

Have you ever noticed how easily the elderly can converse with each other? That's because they didn't have facebook and cell phones to confine them. Now people think it's creepy if you spark a random conversation with someone you don't know. And that sucks for me because when I'm high I wanna hear everyone's story and thoughts on things.



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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 8:00pm
MachoHan Says:

People are afraid to talk because they are pussies who think being on their phone is cooler than being present for their own life. Technology kicks ass, it helps people communicate better at a distance but that doesn't mean people should be looking at their phone when they are in public or with friends. Playing xbox with other's online is great but inviting a friend over to game is still better.

 
 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:40pm

Totally get what you mean. I often hear my mom say stuff like, " I don't even remember how we survived without cell phones back in the day " , jokingly of course. But even that right there shows me that all of us young and old are slowly becoming victims to this rapidly growing phenomenon. We barely make eye contact with each other due to the fear of feeling weird or awkward for doing so. We walk with our heads down, mostly because we're preoccupied with our iPhones and other gadgets. We can't even sit somewhere, whether it be doctors office, restaurants, bus stops, with out feeling the need to pretend to be busy with these mindless apps/games, texting or facebooking . I'm not saying technology is a bad thing, of course technology has done many great things to improve our way of life. But it has it's effects and these affects are doing exactly what you said, changing a whole generation. Is that change for good or bad? Yeah, we have nonstop access to basically anyone/anyplace/anywhere in the world at anytime. But we don't even stop to smell the roses in our own yards/ meaning, connect with the people right in front of us. Yea, that last sentence may sound a tad hippie-ish but that's part of the problem I think, we're so disconnected from our environment and those right next to us, that it's almost "taboo" to want to connect with them...but oh well, I'm no better sitting here alone in my room typing all of this from my laptop lol.

 
 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:14pm

I feel the same way. But everyone around me is like that it seems, so I'm the one who ends up feeling awkward lol. Funny how that works, I guess its not a "disorder" if everyone has it.

 
 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:26pm
sudahi51 Says:

I hate it so much. Everytime I go to the pool or out in public with my parents or one of my older relatives and I'm bored and I see a cute girl or a group of guys hangin out doing something I like doing they'll be like "hey you should go talk with them and hang out" but I if I do they'll just star at me like I'm weird. Even at school when I try to talk to people I don't know or barely talk to they will just stare at me like I'm a jackass. It makes it really hard for me to make friends with people unless I talk to them a bunch on facebook or through text even then it's till awkward. Makes me wish I grew up in the 80s or something.

 
 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:28pm

I hope everyone just sort of becomes more sociable as we get to be old

 
 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 11:01pm

I always talk about this with people! it's so so true. it's almost cool to be awkward and stand offish and I think it's annoying. it's so rare people even have confidence anymore

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 12:20am

i talk to rndom people anyway and some are chill not all tho,, i only approach tha chill lookin ones tho

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 1:03am
mrstzippi Says:

That really is an unfortunate side effect of our technological society, but I think it makes some of those connections so special. And when you find others who are really open, you feel this incredible sense of kinship.

"Open hearts always recognize each other
Open hearts do not judge the universe
When you dive into an open heart, you fall into infinity."
-Suci Kumar

Stay open, everyone :)

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 1:41am
so_cal623 Says:
 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 2:12am
Crahnick Says:

I don't use social networks, save for highdeas. I don't subscribe to what people call 'normal' in terms of facebook, twitter, or whatever else. I have a cell of course, but once you diffuse from the electronic cloud of pseudo-friendships you will really see who your true friends are.
Don't forget to bring a towel!

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 4:22am
duuztje Says:

in my opinion, most people were never "too social". With or without cellphone...
but it's like it's been said here: most of the time you can see who you can speak to or who won't. Personally I don't have no shame at all, so I don't mind speaking to people at all!

Solution: let's smoke together? I'll tell you my story if you tell me yours? ;)

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 7:36pm
Crahnick Says:
 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 5:34am
ThaBraze Says:

Not even. Technology can make it easier for people that don't know each other that well to break the ice and get to know people better. Yes, doing that face to face is good, but typing or texting gives you more time to react. And it makes it easier for some people to talk, making it easier to converse when you do see the person face to face. And it makes it easier for shy people or anti social people to talk to people.

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 8:11am
duuztje Says:

and you can't interrupt each other, which allows us to have a conversation with more then 5 people at a time, which irl would be a disaster! (with the people I know, I get constantly interrupted!)

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:38am
ema Says:

so true!
i just can't understand why people look at me like "Are you fucking crazy?" when i say good morning to a waitress or someone i don't know...

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 8:14pm
mrstzippi Says:

In Minnesota that's totally normal! :)

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 3:07pm

You should listen to WWJD He'd Prolly LOL like WTF by Lupe Fiasco, it speaks on this exactly.
"They say it has all new features, faster processors and much better speakers,
great for kids a necessity for teachers,
for work or home,
a revolutionary way of, being alone,
I mean can we really get along?"

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 8:40pm

I love Lupe! He's one of my favorite rappers, next to Blue Scholars and Immortal Technique. I'll for check out that song :)

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 5:52pm
aikhigh Says:

I kinda agree. And I wish I could talk to strangers and hear their story (more than ever when I'm high). Plus, I'm a psychologist and I use to listen, but I just wanna hear more about more people...

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 5:59pm

If you really want to spark up a conversation with someone, you can... without the use of media.

 
 
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:26pm

i feel the same way dude, its like EVERYTHING is awkward with our new generation, it sucks. i feel bad for them.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:41am
Devinfop Says:
 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 1:29am

Products of the digital generation (: Its so true.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 3:21am
boulderite Says:

Interesting take, I actually think that the singularity of technology into our lives is only growing and once technology becomes apart of the human consciousness will we endeavor the sense of an 'awkward generation"

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 8:03am
YumFood... Says:

I don't know I was just in a black out here in alaska windy as fuck... And not having power really isn't all that bad. I was in west virgina when a big ass storm hit, and I was out of power for 3 or 4 days. It's not that bad we we're made to adapt to new situations.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:16pm

It's not strange to spark up a random conversation with someone in Texas. Come visit!

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:29pm
sanchez75 Says:

i never really thought of it like this and i never said it out loud but i feel the same way you do, id much rather talk to someone in person then over text or facebook greeat highdea maan!

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 12:39pm
mindgames Says:

When I'm high, the last thing i want to hear is other peoples thoughts. I guess this is my generation.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 1:48pm

I think Technology especially social media has made this generation much more accepting....maybe not in there own personal views but growing up now a days you hear a multitude of things that are not necessarily how you've been taught or raised...I think racism come from the thought of what other believe is weird/wrong....I think when it come time for our generation to run the country it will be more accepting of everyone's beliefs...There are plenty of rude behaviors people can obtain from this technology like texting at dinner or something really pisses me off...but that has more to do with the person...Just like if you smoke marijuana doesn't mean your going to do coke, just because you use a cell phone and text doesnt mean you have bad people skills

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 1:48pm

Hoorah for talking to random strangers! I may be a bit awkward, but not socially. My friend and I talk to lots of people we dont know. haha were like old people. xD

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 6:03pm
Syn Says:

Talking> Texting

Everyone has definitely gotten a lot more paranoid though.

 
 
Fri, 09/07/2012 - 1:15pm
Stabolito Says:

Thank you so much for posting this, this is exactly what I've been trying to put into words for the past year now but everyone looks at me like I'm crazy haha.

I fear for my little brother in middle school growing up like this, but if I stop him he'll become and outcast.

 
 
Fri, 09/07/2012 - 8:14pm
makeshift Says:

The irony of this post...
You're wrong to blame electronics, technology is a gift that has limitless benefits. But obviously there's a time and place for it, and people do misuse it; it's people's fault, not technology's

 
 
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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 1:53am

"with great power comes great responsibility" Peter Parker (Spiderman) ... im a bit of a movie nerd but it has its point on this topic. though we may not be wielding superpowers technology is still a gift that takes responsibility to be used properly, i feel as if our generation was given technology before they understood what responsibility really meant. soon they gave of on the real things in life and went cyber not understanding that there is indeed a time and place for everything. they used technology as a loop hole around true communication because with a txt messaging all you have to do if u no longer feel like communicating with someone you simply dont txt back. the same goes for if you do want to talk to someone with face contact no longer required for communication its easier to make an alternate persona while leaving behind and hiding your true self.

before given technology i believe a person should have a strong sense of self and know the difference between right and wrong so that they when and how it should truly be used.

i also believe that its not just middle to high class areas that have communication issues due to electronics. Ive lived in a variety of areas and seen it for myself weather in a tiny homey town or in large crowded city its impossible to spark up conversation with random people ,they either seem scared of real encounters or to engaged with there electronics to notice the world around them...wall-ie anyone! lol

 
 
Wed, 01/30/2013 - 11:35pm

Hey dude I like the way you think and shit ha cause i was just thinkin this same thing the other day cause i was told about a quote said by Albert einstein himself "I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots" not sure if its legit by einstein but whoever said this is completely correct technology does create people to be socially awkward and basically takes away from their overall life experience in general yes technology is convenient and yea yea yea but come on its come too far we need to get back to simple living with actual morals ya feel me!