Skip to main content

Pokemon Go: An Observation

I commend the company that started this craze exactly 13 days ago. I mean i'm all for it. It took a video game to get people off of their asses, to go outside and actually see what sunlight looks like and to explore their towns and cities.


I mean it is a miracle that people are using this app to see the world they live in rather than sitting inside waiting for life to happen. I am glad it took a video game to make people walk around and stare at their phones and see whatever it is going on inside that world (truth: I don’t play nor will I ever-so I don’t really know what the hell is going on). What I do see is that here in Eugene, at any given point and time, is that you can have people staring at their phones, sometimes in groups, waiting for the next event, not necessarily being social, just staring like robots at their phone.


What would make this game great is if you could do the same thing in real life, but as someone is walking down the street waiting for the next event, It pops up with their name and where they are from. As you get closer it, would give you one interesting fact that they have revealed about themselves. As another person got closer, they could start an actual conversation and maybe go on a walk and talk. The prize would be the human interaction, the connection not only to this world but to the inhabitants.

I’m not going to sit here and talk about the merits of this game. I get it, it is a craze and the game forces people to go outside and move around. Hooray! What I don’t get is why did it take a game to do this? Why did it take all of society to realize how dependent we are on our phones. Go outside right now…Look around at how many people are on their phones. Go downtown where you live…LOOK AROUND YOU. You are not asking about the history of a place or learning the legacy, you are asking for clues to the next event. You are a pinball.


I have heard that people have become more social?  Really? Is staring at your phone all day social?  I was in a group on Monday that didn’t say a word to me because I didn't’ have my phone in my hand. I was on a bike ride enjoying nature, listening to the Willamette flow and hearing the birds singing. I tried to say hello, but I was obviously the odd person out.  The only people I heard talking were the ones that were asking if this was a good place while their faces were glued to a phone.


I have seen hundreds of pieces about “disconnecting” or deleting apps on the phone, or putting down the phone. I wrote an article on my blog years ago about it, but I don’t think that message will stick. Until we find a way to truly realize that we aren’t that important and that we don’t need to see what our friends are doing every second of every day, Until we can stop feeling the FOMO and realize we are a part of this great world, not just a bystander, in my humble opinion we are spiraling down the toilet.  Do we feel that we don’t matter that much that we have to use Pokemon Go as a validation to our experience?


Good luck with your game. Hope you get high score…Hope you you get tons of whatever it is you collect. Hope you don’t mind giving your data away so easily. As for me, I’m going to go out and really be present, have a conversation or two with someone not on a phone, stop being afraid and intimidated and start living in this ONLY life we have.


Until next time…

If you liked this article, please like and share.


Follow/connect with me

Facebook: chadbordes

Instagram: chadbordes

Messenger: chadbordes

email: chadbordes

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Feels like a throat punch to my heart

So, I thought today was going to be just another Sunday of lounging around and netflixing.  I don't think I have ever been so wrong in my life.  To start with, Facebook reminded me of my memories.  I happened to click on a friends link and decided to follow another link to my very first girlfriends sisters page.  Its random how I got there, but I blame facebook.

To my shock, I saw that her sister had passed on the 22nd of November.  I was shocked because I knew that she wasn't that old.  I reached out to an old mutual acquaintance and found out it was pretty sudden and unexpected.  That had me in some kinda mood.  Because of that, I began to text and email friends and check in and make sure then were okay.

I got a text message from a close colleague I used to work with at a previous job.

Beck: "whats shakin CB"
Me: "Not much just wanted to say hello.  Had a wake up call today.  Found out first girlfriends sister just passed away.  So sad...she was young"
B…

Screw back up plans

Yes I said it.  Yes I have had quite a few unsuccessful ventures and I have recently started reading blogs that suggest backup plans.  I don't agree and I will tell you why.

When you have a back up plan you have an "oh shit that didn't work and I have to do something about it". Its like whatever it is going on in your life is going to fail or stop being at some point. Newsflash: You are correct!  NOTHING lasts forever. Your job, your marriage, your income stream, your family and most certainly not your startup or your job.  For those of you wishing to go back to the old days, its not going to happen.  The age of chivalry is dying and the startup that you create will be dead within 10-15 years.  We don't live in our parents or grandparents economy. Hell the way we communicate is changing. See example below and try and decipher what I am saying to you

☝☺✊✋✌❤👀👂👃👄👬👭👮👪👫👶💋💖💔💞😀😑😚😥🙆🙅🙈🙉🙊😞😞😞

Did you figure it out yet.  If so, please pat yourself …

Just a friendly update on me :-)

Hey everyone

Just wanted to give an update. You may remember that I said I was going to be coming back to California, well it is official.  I am heading down May 1. I will most likely take the train and stop in Napa to visit my cousin Stephen Bordes at his winery for a day or two.  From there, I will catch a train to San diego.

I am currently looking for work and open to any positions that may be available, I just ask that you don't hold it against me because I have a masters degree.  I have seen many companies shy away from hiring me because I have a Masters Degree.  I am honestly looking to get off my feet and find a base of operation. My home is California and I know that now.  I am native and the air, soil and water are in my bones.

I am looking to establish which means I will need to find a place to live (that I pay for monthly), maybe even get a car (down the road) for now I know that I will have to use the bus and I am okay with that. I am nervous as hell about this move …