Wednesday, January 18, 2006

So, I started a blog last week....but then I forgot what my user name was, so I can't find it. Serves me right for trying to be creative. So now I have to start all over. Oh well...

I made an observation while I was at the gym the other day. There's a television in every room. Every room--and if that wasn't bad enough, there was no sound, just picture.

My question is, why are they there? The general populas of the gym isn't there to watch t.v.; in fact, too much t.v. is probably what drove some of them there in the first place. So why the t.v.? Are we, as people, American citizens, etc., etc., so technologically involved that we must have a television to keep us company for our twenty minute cardio, especially since we can't really understand what the t.v. is showing anyway, because there's no sound, and we can't dedicate all of our attention to the television set, as is required for understanding.

Also, while I was there, I noticed an email station. How did I notice it, you may ask? Because my buddy that I was with stopped and used the computer for about five minutes before working out, and another friend for about five minutes after we finished. I can understand the convience of these machienes in some areas...the library, for example, where it is possible to spend the majority of a day working...but at the gym? Where the maximum of time spent there is usually about an hour?! Also, my friends and I left home, went to the gym, and then went back home, where we all have computers with internet access. So why the need to suddenly, impulsively check email, although it could be checked in a more causual, private setting in a mere matter of minutes before or later?

Why do we have this need to feed the constant influx of information? How is it that we have gotten so used to technology that we can't spend twenty or thirty minutes away from it?

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