When last did any one ask you how do you do? Maybe like me you have noticed its been long. Do people still take time to do that these days, or they just too busy that all they really do is wave of the hand to signify or mouth an “hi” then walk on. Am I just plain paranoid, thinking about this or is it really me who do not bother to ask about the well-being of others with these simple words “how do you do?”
I do not think it is my imagination, the era of smart phones, computers and androids is here and with it comes a change in societal norms we were used to.No longer do we share much personal pleasantries when we meet because our focus is on that tiny little gadget in our hands.
Oh! boy, how can something so small that fits only into one palm of our hands control our lives. Yes! I think it is controlling our lives and all around everyone moves/seat in a dazed/zombie like existence. I know these gadgets gives us assess through social media to connect with family, friends and people that have become friends but yet we can see its denying us the interpersonal relationship with our immediate environment.
Wow! a world controlled by little mechanic things, indeed its funny come to think of it. The other day it dawn on me, as my son kept trying to catch my attention on something that was so important to him but I kept brushing him off because I was in the middle of a chat with a friend and of course he got upset that I never listen. Which is true at that moment because a tiny gadget was my focus.
Imagine that a few hours before then I was with this friend at the office, we even went to lunch together but did not discuss what we were now sending chat back and forth on. While at lunch we sat glued to this controlling device, each engross with sending messages or reading stories online and only look up to take a bite or make odd comments based on what we had on screen
The world is fast changing and we are becoming more clinical in behaviour and computerized in manners. We mumble greetings because we are on the phone, we wave without talking because the phone or ear piece is on. Though I have said the world is changing but I know its not really true, its we its inhabitant that are changing.
The birds are still flying and singing their sweet lullaby which we do not listen to any more but watch on our phones. The grasses still grow green, they have not change to blue. The sun is still its glowing colour in at noon, shining ever bright. The stars are still just there in the skies at night aiding the moon with its spectacular glow, which we no longer notice. We watch all these from our smart gadget then decide the world is changing. Nothing has change but we, take a moment to look around you, people/human are still your neighbours not aliens. Flesh and blood that you can touch or shake hands with or embrace and say “how do you do” to.
Lets declare today and the next couple of days as “The how’d” days. take time off your gadget, smile, tell a friend or a neighbour genuinely “how do you do” and see how they react. It is time to bring humanity back from gadget space.
Have a great “how do you do” day.