Remember the 1990s and going for coffee and chatting with friends? No one had cell phones on the table, and no one was taking pictures of their cappuccinos and posting them to Instagram. You could sneak out to a party without anyone tagging you on Facebook, and your heart would skip a beat when the phone rang: was it your crush calling or just your mom? Things were simpler back then. Now we’ve all gone freaking crazy with our smartphones and screens.
Our Beloved Smartphones
I’ll admit it, I suffer from a bit of a digital addiction as much as the next person. But I’m feeling the need for a digital “cleanse” soon. It’s become nearly impossible to sit through anything (dinner, a movie, a kids play date) without someone (or everyone) checking email every 25 seconds. In the ’90’s, if you even had email to check, you would wait until you got home. You’d log on to AOL (cue the dial-up sounds that we all knew so well) and wait for those delicious words: “You’ve Got Mail!” Somehow, we all survived without reading the mail coming in real time.
Those Damned Cameras
Whether it’s to post to Instagram, a blog, or just to admire later, taking pictures of food has gotten way out of hand. Especially in restaurants. It seems that every cozy dinner my husband and I escape to is at some point interrupted by a bright flash at a nearby table. I’m not completely sure what the obsession is (especially if you didn’t even cook it yourself?!) but a couple of decades ago this sort of thing was not happening. Could you imagine eating dinner somewhere, only to have the person at the next table whip out a giant Canon camera (with detachable flash) and initiate a photo shoot with a plate of linguine Alfredo? It’s ridiculous, right? It’s just as ridiculous now. If you want to see pictures of the food you’ve just purchased, try the restaurant’s website or Instagram account.