I’m sorry to say it, but people have become a bunch of key board jockey nerds who never leave their house. Social media has truly ruined the live music and entertainment scene that once flourished.
Recently I was looking at some old pictures of a dance halls and nightclubs that were filled to the brim with party goers, the band was pumping and people were having a ball. These days the only people you will find out and about in the city are people under the age of twenty five.
Now of an evening people are shut in with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
They just don’t socialise any more in the real world, now their nightclub is digital and to be frank, I think this is both sad and nerdy. And for the record, I do note the irony of this article which is being posted on my website!
The world is a big and wonderful place that is worth experiencing, there are people to meet and places to see, experiences to be enjoyed but instead we like to stay safely tucked away on our lounges with the tv playing reality shows that nobody cares about. Television still thinks it’s getting good ratings but that’s all false, it’s playing but nobody is watching anymore, they have simply gotten used to turning it on for the noise. Personally if I am in working on my book or radio show I prefer to turn on one of my favourite internet stations for some background noise or put on one of my cherished albums. I find that far more relaxing and enjoyable and certainly far less bracing than some of the trash that is on the box.
I’m not sure when it happened but at some point adults stopped leaving their house. Even sport suffers, sure some big events might pull in the crowds but local sport struggles to get numbers. Just the other day I was chatting to my tennis coach who was telling me how hard it is to get people out to the tennis court to hit some balls in the local competition. When I was growing up in the local tennis scene there were always people out and about playing, they were fit, healthy and had a thriving social life. Sadly, not the case today.
Music venues struggle to get people to come out and see world class music and here in Sydney we have plenty of great venues and some of the best musicians in the country. We have the largest number of actors and playhouses and yet they are empty and most who are employed in these industries are struggling to make a buck. I put it all down to laziness and fear. For many it’s easier to throw on some sweat pants and park themselves on a lounge.
Get out today and enjoy life, meet the opposite sex in the real world. Stop using things like internet dating and that horrible pickup device for mass murderers, psychopaths and sex addicts called Tinder. It’s downright dangerousness and increases your chances of being killed or contracting an STD.
Life is grand and was meant to be lived in the real world where you need to learn social graces or suffer the pain of getting your nosed punched in. People talk constantly about trolls and internet bullying, those exist because there are no social graces in the digital world, you just can’t behave that way on the street.
Put the ipad down, throw on your best cat clothes and make the scene baby, you might be surprised how much fun it really is when you live in an analogue world.