I went out with friends on Saturday night to hear a band play at a bar in Sarasota. It has been a long long time since I did something like that. The band was great.
What I noticed that made me realize time has marched on was the number of cell phones in evidence. I told you it had been a long time since I have been to a bar to see a band. People were snapping pictures of the band with their phones and that was kind of cool.
The woman sitting at the table next to me was snapping selfies, lots of them. I could see her posing this way and that and snapping away. I might pose like that in the privacy of my bathroom mirror while putting on make-up, but I would be far to embarrassed to do that in public.
I looked around to find that there were plenty of people swiping and texting away on there phone, eyes on the screens — not the band, not the people they were with. It took a lot of the fun out of people watching.
This morning I read a piece from the Washington Post about the recent international TED talks that included the following: Face-to-face social interaction leads to a longer life. Apparently, actually looking someone in the eyes release neurochemicals that act as a protective vaccine, leaving one physically and emotionally healthier, contributing to longevity.
I am not advocating giving up our smart phones, by any means, but I was glad to be out with my friends and just be with them having a good time. Let’s face it, the rest of the world is not all that interested in a minute by minute update on my life’s activities. And now I have feel good hormones still coursing through my bloodstream.