Hate-Love Relationship

I’ve always been in a particular position with media. On the one hand, I consider them an essential part of our life, but on the other hand, I don’t like how much addicted to them we have become.
Media are amazing: people have been able to create a tool that prioritise communication and information all around the world. With just an internet connection or Wi-Fi, we are able to exchange literally everything with a click. We can video call our family, share our life, help people with disorders, play games and so on. However, sometimes I wonder if this entire new technological world is really what we need.
I would like to go back in time to see how our parents used to be at our age. With just one phone per house that didn’t allow you to have a private conversation, when there was no Google Maps but just maps, when you needed change to call at the phone box. I’d like to go back to a moment in time when relationships were real and authentic and you enjoyed to go out with your friends and TALK. Talk is the word. Nowadays we don’t talk anymore if not through a media tool. People go lunching together and they use their phone all the time, without even looking at each other. Moreover, most of the time, they take a picture of the dish or make a video with the intention of saying, “I’m here with my friends”, but for what? Are you really enjoying the moment? Are you laughing, crying, discussing with your friends? And most importantly, are they even your friends anymore?
Sometimes I just want to destroy every media on the planet to see how people are going to behaviour, if there is still a bit of reality inside of them or if the net absorbed it all.
Just enjoy your damn life. It’s short. We’re still young and maybe we do not realise that, but we’re not going to live forever. So, sometimes, just put away your phone and enjoy. Enjoy a concert, the disco, your friend’s birthday, a chilly night with your folks, a lunch together. Just, live your life. Not through a screen, but the real one. I promise, it’s worth it.

Noelle Bezzi

(Student number: 13861654)

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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