This century is inhabited by people who are addicted to their BlackBerrys, their cell phones, their laptops, and the Internet. I go online at random and I see thousands of links to social networking sites like Facebook and the famous Twitter. Ah, Twitter. The very title brings back memories of Disney’s animated film Bambi, where Friend Owl tells an adult Bambi and his friends about the dangers of spring and the sudden condition of being “twitterpated.” Ironically, Bambi with his friends all fall prey to love no matter how hard they try to avoid it, succumbing easily to love’s delights and forgetting any of their past misgivings. The same goes for the use of social networking sites, and I’m a primary example. I once swore that I would never, EVER use Facebook, but I opened my account with them more than two years ago and now I’m “enjoying” the use of cyberspace connections. Then there’s Twitter, designed mainly for all who love to text on their cell phones. Not having a cell phone, I am firm in my decision to not adapt to this site either. But will I succeed?
I can’t understand the need to be constantly “tweeted” updates…Twitter sounds like literary madness. How do its users stay sane and keep up with all the news they receive from their connections? I have problems managing my own Facebook page with my “low” number of friends, but Twitter has unceremoniously become the King of News, even commanding newspaper headlines online and in print because some Twitter user scooped a big story by texting to his/her Twitter page. Celebrities are now ostentatiously accustoming themselves to the “joys” of Twitter and using it more than Facebook by frequently giving detailed information to fans about their personal daily routines. This site is only getting more and more popular, but it sounds like a frightening online Juggernaut to me, because I know that I could never adjust to all those “tweets” from my friends and idols without going insane, cell phone user or not. And even I did have one in the near future, why would I use Twitter? This century promised that everyone would be in complete control of their lives, living them to the fullest without hassle. But the reality is that people are living their lives through electronic devices and technology itself…they have become computers and living machines. The best wake-up call I can think of (however rude) is: “21st century people, get your LIFE and LIVE it!”
And now, if you’d excuse me…I’ve got to go and post an update on my Twitter page.