Where did the years go?

So I was stumbling around the internet at work just checking out old stuff and I came across a friend’s website from back in 2003, you know before the word social media was popular? It made me realize I haven’t really had much in the way of contact with a lot of people over the past half year or so since I deleted my accounts and some it has been much longer.  It got me to thinking that since I really started working in IT I have become drastically less social overall, even when I was using Facebook on a daily basis.  I had thought by leaving social media that I might be encouraged to be more social and connect with people I haven’t talked to in a long time but turns out was just the opposite; now I have even less contact than I did before.

I could chalk this change up to the after-effects of a prolonged period of using social media but ultimately I think this is just the byproduct of a full time job that has two hours of commuting attached to every 10 hour shift I work.  I just don’t have the mental energy to drive to spend time with people; most of my time off is spent running errands or doing tasks I can’t accomplish on days I work.  Its certainly depressing to not remember the last time you heard the voice of people you once considered your best friends, realize you haven’t seen people in the better part of a decade that you used to see on a weekly basis.  It might be the natural progression of things or the price paid for a good job in the field but either way it leaves me with a melancholy taste in my mouth and a longing for the past when everything was simpler.

You are a mobile sensor package!

“You are aware of the fact that somebody can know where you are at all times, because you carry a mobile device, even if that mobile device is turned off,” he said. “You know this, I hope? Yes? Well, you should.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/cia-gus-hunt-big-data_n_2917842.html

That is a quote from the chief technical officer for the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the electronic devices we all carry around.  If there was ever anything that creeped me out enough to consider throwing away my cell phone and turning my iPad into a modern art sculpture using a blow torch this would definitely be it.  I don’t want these freaks tracking my every move, its bad enough I have to carry around a cell phone and laptop essentially 24×7 when I am on-call for work, but the idea of some giant server computing all of my whereabouts and possibly making decisions that could directly impact me based on that data is disturbing.