Do you remember what you read an hour ago?

Here’s my question. Do you actually absorb anything you are reading on the internet? 

Social media, the Internet and your mobile devices have become incredible resources. But, as all of these resources have increased your access to information, has the quality of information diminished?

Are relationships starting to get hindered by the lack of face-to-face interaction? Years ago (and not that many) you would see someone in the office that you knew wasn’t feeling well at the beginning of the week, or maybe they lost a loved one, and you would actually ask how they were doing! That doesn’t happen today. 

There’s no such thing as a long time ago. There’s only memories that mean something, and memories that don’t.”
-Sylvestor Stallone on This is Us

Here’s my question: is yesterday a long time ago? I cannot even tell you how many people I email that just never respond.  

How do we get this thing under control so that people respect the now? Being someone that’s made a lot of money on “the moment,” I’m beginning to think that moments matter less to people. And, that’s not a good thing.

Isn’t the most important part of a relationship ultimately the ability for two people to listen and absorb information and then act on that exchange of information? All of this access to information is just putting people up on a soapbox with no audience listening.

Xanax. How is it possible that this is one drug can’t stay on the shelves. Where is all this anxiety coming from? You know, 20 years ago I couldn’t reach an employee via text or email…now a boss can theoretically have access to someone 24/7.

My mother used to say that when people don’t pay for something, they don’t appreciate it. Because access is free to all of this information, is everything getting diluted? Do people just not care?

At what point do we say to people, if you don’t have something good to post, don’t post it? Just because you have a feeling, it doesn’t mean you need to go share it and go post it all over the place. Why all of a sudden do people not hesitate to share something extremely personal all over the Internet?

If you’re going to post something over the next 48 hours, think about what you’re doing before you hit, “Send.”

After thinking about all of this I leave you with one thing: could we see at some point in the future—dare I say—print making a rebound? Maybe the age of well-articulated, thought-provoking written word isn’t dead yet.

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