Not content with traditional forms of communication like the telephone call, text message and e-mail, we've become awash in 140-character updates on the micro-blogging platform. Twitter's intended goal, if I can hypothesize here, is to share real-time updates while continually shrinking the world - bringing everyone together.
On paper, it doesn't seem like there'd be anything wrong with this. But, Twitter doesn't exist on paper. It exists both in the real and virtual world - two realms that can sometimes breed awkwardness when they meet.
While it'd be easy for the younger generation to dismiss his remarks as an antiquated view from someone who is "out of touch", it's equally "out of touch" to assume that everyone who is young is completely atwitter over twitter.
You see, despite being exactly the type of person the micro-blogging platform is supposed to appeal to, the whole Twitter phenomenon is something that I have no interest in getting caught up in - for the reasons Steinberg gave and so many others.
I'm 25 years old, an online journalist and blogger, a frequent Facebook user, a chronic text-messager, and most importantly, receptive to change. Despite all of this, the concept of inundating myself with extraneous real-time updates from celebrities and friends makes about as much sense as Ashton Kutcher's contrived Twitter war with news giant CNN.
I'll readily admit that much like many others in my generation, my level of self-absorption is embarrassing. Whether it be nature or nurture, the 80's babies have developed into a group that finds it necessary to share their entire lives in electronic form. This explains some of appeal. But, if we were to step away from the keyboards and touch-pads we need so mightily, we might face a pretty humbling reality.
Maybe we're not that interesting, after all.
Maybe we're overstating our importance.
Maybe it's time to say "enough."
In all reality, unless you are providing something like news or are a celebrity, why should I care -- or others care -- what you have to say? This sounds harsh, but perhaps it's the time to look ourselves in the mirror and accept that, outside of our loved ones, people aren't hanging on the news that we've purchased new sneakers or found a hilarious link that shows a bunny dancing to Foghat's "Slow Ride."
And that's okay.
It really is.
Consider it the natural order of things.
Just because the technology exists, doesn't mean that it's great technology or that it even has an overarching practical use. The paper, naturally, has an account that I use to get breaking news out immediately or to highlight particularly compelling blogs and articles. Obviously, I see the value in this. It's the jumbled conglomeration of Twitter users just mindlessly recounting the everyday occurrences of their lives that leaves me scratching my head.
My life is uneventful enough without the non-news of other people's.
Far be it for me to stand in the way of progress, but when the issue is really examined, is Twitter progress? Does it push our society forward in the right direction? Or is it becoming the global marketplace for news not fit to print, a meeting place for those with nothing to meet about?
And yet, it seems we have no choice but to assimilate to this brave new world. As the technological curve begins to rise at an exponential rate, everyone is afraid of being left behind. It's because of this that we jump into these trends headfirst, without really analyzing them.
So, maybe it's time to think about where all of this is going to take us.
Then again, maybe I'm the one living under a rock.