Attention, attention. I have officially entered the digital age.
Some of you may be aware that I recently got my first blackberry. For me, this is a BIG deal. Old fashioned at heart, instead of iPhones or BBs I always wanted typewriters and record players. Blue tooth what? GPS what?
But alas, I caved, and I am hooked. I look like every other 9-5’er on the run, crossing walkways, just narrowly missing cabs while I am checking my Gmail and work emails on my newborn baby. My 10-month-old Nano is a little jealous and has been pouting in its case.
But as much attention as I have been giving my BB (it really sounds like baby) I got it from a friend for free (Splenda Stealers rejoice!) and it did not have its instruction booklet in the box. So now, I literally feel like a mother. When I hear that phrase that babies don’t come with instruction booklets, I can now relate.
As I cradle my newborn BB in my hands, I can’t help but think:
Why is it constantly buzzing?? How can I make it stop? Is its blinking light always red?? Wasn’t it green yesterday?? Why oh why do you copy me on all emails I send out?? I just want to text! Why can’t you just let me text?? And the voice dialing button keeps going off! Is this normal??!!
Last night I fell asleep with it next to my head and it woke me up every other hour from its email feeds. Isn’t this the time when child rearing books say it’s time to put the baby in its own room? Do I need to give my BB its own nursery? Doesn’t it seem cruel to leave it outside my bedroom, alone, attached to its charger in the dark? Will it catch a cold out there? Will it start to resent me??
They say that the digital age has lead us to less human interaction because instead, we all keep in touch through ambient awareness, which according to this article in the NY Times, says is what social scientists call “incessant online contact.”
“It is, they say, very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does — body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye. Facebook is no longer alone in offering this sort of interaction online. In the last year, there has been a boom in tools for “microblogging”: posting frequent tiny updates on what you’re doing.”
Because of less human interaction, is this what we’ve come to–using our maternal instincts toward the devices that keep us in touch with people, rather than people, themselves??
I think I heard my Nano laugh at me.