I’ve been a server for more than eight years and I’ve noticed a big change in society. There was once a time when the most common request was for a side of ranch or a few more napkins. Now the most common request is for the Wi-Fi password. The shift started a few years ago, when the iPhone and other smart phones started gaining in popularity. That’s when a lot of restaurants and coffee houses started offering free Wi-Fi to attract all the hipsters. It became commonplace to Instagram your meal before taking a bite. And you weren’t really there until you checked in on Foursquare. I thought that smartphones were bad enough, but then Apple introduced the iPad and ushered in the tablet era. Now a family of four will come in, wait for a table for forty-five minutes, sit down in a booth, order food and drinks, ask for the Wi-Fi password, and sit hypnotized by glowing screens attached to their hands and completely ignoring each other for the next sixty minutes. Well, that’s not entirely true… they won’t talk to each other, but they will like each other’s posts on Facebook. I love the internet. I love technology. But it’s no substitute for actual human interaction.
Critically Rated at 6/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young