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The Overly Examined Life Might Not Be Worthwhile, Either

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By John Kelly
Thursday, September 3, 2009

In the future, everyone will know what everyone else is doing at anytime, all the time. Sadly, what everyone else is doing won't be worth knowing about, since it will consist mainly of reading about what other people are doing.

Our lives will be a constant real-time stream of experiences, transmitted through tweets and updates to our Facebook status, which, if we're brutally honest, will look something like this:

John Kelly is updating his Facebook status.

John Kelly updated his Facebook status.

John Kelly is reading a link someone sent him on twitter. LOL!

John Kelly is answering a text he just received.

John Kelly is staring glassy-eyed at a computer screen.

John Kelly is suffering from deep vein thrombosis from sitting on his butt all day.

Occasionally the outside world will tempt us -- we'll have dim memories of the feel of grass beneath our feet, the warmth of the sunlight on our face -- but we will be worried that actually experiencing that will cause us to miss some vital bit of news among our 500-odd Facebook friends or the 3,000 or so twitterers we follow.

Should we somehow be able to tear ourselves away from our screens, we will let everyone know about it:

John Kelly is feeling the grass beneath his feet, the warmth of the sunlight on his face.

Our friends will see this and respond: "I'm reading about John Kelly feeling the grass beneath his feet, the warmth of the sunlight on his face."


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