Here I sit – waiting for someone to approach me. Waiting for someone to talk to me. Hello – I’m a real person.
Life was so much easier before digital devices became both our timepieces and companions.
And so we have become reliant on our devices- be they smart phones, TVs ,laptops or iPads.
A smart tv is but a modern vehicle for searching for information, connectivity and entertainment. An underground train which travels along a tube- like tunnel is also a vehicle. However this mode of travel does not lend itself to the sharing of information in quite the same manner. Tunnel vision is a worldwide phenomena.
People no longer share connected relationships whilst travelling- immersed instead as they are busy searching instead for companionship through their addiction to their smartphones.
What would happen if the network went down? Would people actually talk together in public again? Would they take notice of and approach each other?
Laptops and iPads mean we never stop working even when on the daily commute. No time to connect with other travellers.
Will there ever be light at the end of the tunnel? Will people notice this loss of real time relationships. Will there ever again be a timeless approach to each other?
This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/09/01/september-writing-prompts