By now, everyone on tumblr and their mother has seen the following quote:
“We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean, because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.“— Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore
Suffice to say, this is utter bullshit. This is contrarianism for the sake of contrarianism. It’s the kind of pseudo-philosophical statement sprinkled with modern references that fascinates the masses but that has no substance. In fact, that’s a good way of describing the original site where this quote was taken from: Thoughtcatolog.com, a site with no substance. Technology is exactly what makes adventures today so easy. You can use the gps in your phone to find your way to whatever you’re going instead of wasting hours going around in circles, you can quickly open safari and search for new places to visit if you get bored, you can use a geocaching app and have fun, you can take photos of your friends or of the places you visit so that you can remember the experience later, you can check-in to let your friends know where you are, the list goes on and on. While it is reasonable to say that technology has its disadvantages, to say that the spontaneity of adventure is dead today due to technology is utter nonsense. Technology makes spontaneity that much easier.