I’ve been thinking a lot about Planet of the Apes recently. Specifically, how it is that in this fictional account, humans lost their ability to speak and apes acquired advanced language skills. It seemed so far-fetched…in the days before texting, email, and social media.
Nowadays when you look around, most people are communicating via smart phone, iPad, laptop; people simply don’t talk to each other anymore. When I was at the airport recently an entire family sat together, each person fully focused on his or her phone, and said nary a word for over an hour. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a quiet family, and I especially appreciate quiet children. But it got me thinking about how we might be outsmarting ourselves with technology.
And although we still write, we no longer write in complete sentences, or even words. YKWIM? U R c’ing it 2. YOLO. HMU. LOL. ROFLMAO. If we always use 2 for two, to and too, how long will it take us to forget the difference?
What if we all get so caught up in our social media we forget how to be, well, social? In person? Via spoken language?
Is it possible that the other primates are just standing by, biding their time, until we all social media ourselves into oblivion?
Remember, you’re only paranoid if they’re not really out to get you…