The spread and the availability of all this technology has given us the illusion of being connected to the rest of the world. The ease with which we can send photos, write comments and recount stories has led us to believe that we are in complete empathy with others, when, in reality, our old friends now all have their faces stuck to the screens of their smart-phones, without saying a single word. We post songs and images that we like and that make us feel part of an ‘everything’ that is not yet clear and well-defined.
What happens, however, is that we often completely miss the moment because we are too busy updating our status on Facebook or looking for the right filter on Instagram. We are too occupied with searching for our geolocation on Google Maps, only to find ourselves, as always, not having understood anything, lost on that damned route indicated in blue by our mobile phone. Our fingers skim too fast over the screen of our iPhones in the search for the right guy or girl on Tinder. If we click on a red cross, we “eliminate” that person definitively from our lives, whereas, if we put a green flag it is like giving permission to the other person to come into our home – also supposing that he or she has not already decided to move us to the black list of those who are excluded, while an inner voice again says to us: “For you, Miss Italy finishes here”.
Have we really reached the point where we are so lazy that we have to ask, not only for pizzas to be delivered, but also for home delivery for a man or a woman? Do we absolutely have to download an App for everything? We have no desire to demonise the 2.0 era here. We are all the children of technology and it would be completely anachronistic to think we could live without it. But the next time our mobile phone battery is flat, instead of allowing ourselves to be assailed by a hysterical crisis because, as usual, we have left our battery charger at home, (“I swear that this is the last time I will leave it in plugged in!”). Let’s take a pause from our avatar and start to glance up. We will discover that it is good to lose ourselves in the streets of our city, and that, maybe, the right person will just happen to pass right in front of our eyes, and that moment, instead of being wasted in order to share our status on Facebook, can be lived without the risk of being run down by a car as we try to cross the intersection, intent on writing our latest Tweet. Life is so easy!