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September 27, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 4

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Zombies found at SU

Today's pop culture seems to be grievously excited for the zombie apocalypse, but when you step out on campus it appears we might already be in one.
Everyone is carrying a cell phone, and not just holding it. The majority of the time students are barely unfixing their eyes from the screen to navigate obstacles. Generally when I see students socializing on campus they seem to be more concerned about what's lighting up their phone than what the person standing in front of them is saying.
At some point along the way, "likes" became more important than the actual human reactions of interpersonal experiences, even though a facial expression or vocal infliction carries much more information than a "like" or "re-tweet." I've witnessed dinner dates tweeting pictures of their platters and waiting anxiously for responses online instead of conversing with the date, or even the waiter.
It's a weird world when you think about it, and it actually does resemble-physically and metaphorically -- a zombie infestation. Wikipedia defines a zombie as a "hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness," and as I observe my friend texting under the table and watch these students awkwardly stumble about campus, I can't help but think don't they realize how stupid this looks? They hardly look conscious of their surroundings.
Luckily, I think -- or I hope -- I still have some humanity. Sure, there is a lot happening on my iPhone, and I'm buried in it quite a bit, but usually it's work related as opposed to pure socializing.
Google is my best friend when it comes to school work, and it makes my job so much easier, but unequal cellular usage during interactions with friends still catches my attention and compels me to put the device down as long as I'm interested in what said person is saying.
But yes, I also use it as a buffer when I'm not interested. I would like to think this is the case with other people (it's easier than handing out the rejection hotline), but I doubt it is, considering even my best friends will buzz-block me from a conscious and responsive conversation. Either way, it looks quite possible this could be the end of socialization as we know it.

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