I’ll admit it. The video revolution is leaving me behind, and I’m OK with that.
Not everyone wants to watch video. I don’t spend any time watching video. At all. It’s probably accurate to say I’ve not spent one minute watching a video meme or newsletter this year.
Video is too time consuming. If you watch a video, you are bound by their pacing and time. You’re at the mercy of however long it takes the video to give you the information you want. And it’s that much more disappointing to find out at the end that you wasted your time with it.
I’d much rather read the information than watch a video. If I’m reading, I can get through it much faster. And I can control what content I take in and the amount of time it’s going to take me to get through it.
As a culture, I’m amazed at how much time people spend consuming video content. Between TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and the hundreds of other popular channels and sources, it seems people are always taking in some sort of video content.
When I watch everyone on a bus or walking the street watching videos, I can’t help but wonder if everyone is watching all of this video, who’s out there actually having life experience?
And for those who are sharing their experiences via video, do they ever take any time to enjoy the moment themselves? When I’m doing something noteworthy or memorable, I’m immersed in the moment. Taking a video or thinking of sharing it with others couldn’t be further from my mind.
I don’t care what others are doing. I’m more interested in living a life full of my own experiences. When my time inevitably comes, I don’t think I’m going to look back at all the amazing and funny memes and videos I saw. I’m going to remember what I was really there to witness.
It would seem we’ve reached a point, as a society, where people’s first inclination is to capture something on video rather than just take it in, appreciate it, and understand it on their own.
Sadly, I don’t know that there are many of us left who are saddened by this.