When the military pushed the invention of the microwave, no one probably predicted that homemade enchiladas or handed-down Italian recipes for lasagna would give way to store bought boxes of microwavable dinners. While the testimonial advertising does its best to make you believe it’s as good as what Mamma made, we all know, it’s not made from scratch and it’s probably missing a pinch of this or that, so it’ll never taste the same.
Mamma’s great cooking has given way to high technology just like human handshake interaction has lost its touch to telecommuting, teleconferencing and social networking—let’s face it, human touch with technology has turned into “high-touch.”
It’s true, in fact many people in this world, just ask Tiger Woods or Sandra Bullock’s Jesse James, probably have less hands-on-sex because their fingers were used more for sexting on their smart phones than gentle, romantic massages. It seems like we’re losing our human touch in this wireless world of emails, texting, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Wii, X-Box, Kindles, iPads, etc., than actually spending quality time with our friends, family and significant others. Just ask your virtual neighbor if they know the name of their mailman—I bet they don’t. Heck, Barbie is even high-tech, she’s always texting Ken, at least according to my nine-year old daughter.
You can find more on how society shapes us, even the Barbie syndrome in my free photography book (www.freephotographybooks.com) and that’s a high-tech freebie. While don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, Gmail, Facebook—I’m addicted to it—but sometimes I’m frustrated as I twit around wondering where is that teleporter so when I need that human touch, I can just text Scotty to beam her down. Now when that becomes reality we’ll be “hi-touching,” though now, I’ll just pray for an iPad.
While we can always start from scratch when we type our texts and download our tunes, adding pinches is a different story. Not even downloads are the same anymore unless you can microwave your dinner in five seconds. Well gotta go, Mamma’s calling, yep, she’s on that webcam again. Don’t forget our military service members, their families and friends, without them, there would be no high-tech much less future high-touching. God Bless everyone! Rolando