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Why People Are Crappier These Days

September 7, 2011

People are falling apart. The quality of the human race, at least in America, is sliding downhill at a remarkable pace. I know I sound like an old fart saying that, but it’s true. I can’t decide if conveniences and technology have changed us, making us lazy, or if it’s just bound to happen. The list of things we should be doing better is miles long, but the following four stand out.

Fast food: It’s so easy to do. I’ve got to get The Girl to tennis and run across town to the Y for a 7 p.m. soccer game. Everyone has to eat, and we pass several fast food places along the way. I get it, but it’s making us fat. Trust me, it is. I pulled through a drive through the other day and was asked if I wanted my meal medium sized. Medium tends to mean “average,” so that’s what I thought I’d get. Nope. Medium is the upsell and the drink isn’t really in a cup. It’s a vat o’ cola. There are enough fries in the box to partially solve the hunger issues in Africa.

The internet: Sure, it’s convenient. I know the first time The Kids have a major project, it will be so much easier than when I was in school. Remember having to lug out the big encyclopedia, hoping there would be enough information to complete your report? If there wasn’t, you could switch to a different brand of encyclopedia, hoping the other one would have a few extra sentences on the mating habits of dolphins. Now you can watch a video of dolphins mating. Unfortunately, I think my attention span has suffered for it. If a page isn’t loading fast enough, I just open another window and find something else to look at while I wait. I can’t remember the last time I brainstormed the solution to and solved a problem. Why would I? Google can fix everything.

Videogames: They rot your brain. I know, I know. That’s what your mom always said. I remember the days of Zelda. I’d watch my cousin play for hours, hearing my first cuss words as his character died and he was out of lives. Watching The Boy feels the same. Although he doesn’t cuss, he is so intense. What happened to Monopoly or Checkers? When you got mad for losing those games, you weren’t tossing a $200 piece of equipment across the room. Thrown dice are easily replaced.

Cell phones: Remember when you’d listen for your mom to call or whistle for you when it was time to come in for dinner? Now we’re supposed to text them when their presence is requested. I’ve heard of teens racking up thousands of texts in one month. I’ve been known to text The Man from our bedroom, because I didn’t want to walk to the den to ask him a question. Can you imagine being a business traveler before cell phones? You’d leave your office and no one could talk to you until you checked into your hotel and dialed 9, incurring the ridiculous per minute charges. We’re just so reachable now. Sometimes I feel bad ignoring the occasional call on my cell phone because I need a quiet moment. Yeah, I admit it. I ignore you.

Obviously, I’m as guilty as the next person. What it all seems to boil down to is that we need to relax more, talk to each other and make time for peace. Since most of these things probably aren’t going away, maybe we can just manage them better. I don’t think we could ever go cold turkey.

Will someone text me when the next Angry Birds update is available?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 8, 2011 11:49 am

    couldn’t have said it any better!

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