Is there life and travel without selfies, mobiles and social networks?

Is there life and travel without selfies, mobiles and social networks?

More and more, everything that encompasses social networks, the use of mobile phones or selfies take a larger and disproportionate place in our daily lives. And this is where the trips would go. Yes, that before was adventure, Discovery and direct contact with other universes or realities that we lived directly, now it is being transformed for many people, in an excuse to show to the rest of the world what they are living but through screens. An obsession that separates us from others and begins to be worrisome.
Some sociologists already speak of the culture ‘ selfie ‘ to describe our society, increasingly self-indulgent and superficial, and where the image seems to have become the main value of the individual. It is actually a disease, a pandemic that finds in social networks the ideal environment to expand, also some expert believes that every day there are more people who feel that they are worth nothing if others do not recognize. Why continually change the photos in the WhatsApp, especially when we travel? Why, since we put our feet in an airport or train station, before taking the plane or the train, we are already telling half humanity where we are going and how well we are going to spend it? Why, when we are already in the destination, instead of looking, smelling, listening or feeling, we take out a screen to take pictures or to tell the rest of the mortals how immensely superior we are to be there and they do not? Many now are guided by the number of likes that has any brief comment or the photo that have just come up, that stimulates them and believe that they also make their thousands of followers happy. Although the effect is often just the opposite.

The idyllic Swiss town of Bergün has banned tourists from taking pictures of their beautiful houses and streets because “it has been scientifically proven that observing beautiful photographs of the holidays of friends or family hanged on social networks can do Unhappy to the spectator who could not enjoy that enclave. ” Also, the municipality of Vienna has launched an advertising campaign to attract visitors but asks not to take out selfies, but has not come to prohibit them. The slogan is “Unhashtag Vienna”, and the message is “see Vienna”, no # Vienna. The idea is to enjoy the city beyond your photos. In Spain, in the Canary Island of Fuerteventura decided in May, by administrative mandate, to stop using in its tourism promotion Facebook and Twitter. The website of the tourist Board of Fuerteventura is not updated for months. Many other tourist places follow the same idea, for different reasons. The Eiffel Tower, the Prado Museum or the Sistine Chapel are some of the places where you can not take pictures. The motives? For privacy, copyright or security… One of the greatest monuments to love, the Taj Mahal, is also another of the most touristy corners of the planet in which the photographs are forbidden. In addition, tourists visiting the mausoleum located in Agra (India) must also keep quiet inside. Westminster Abbey, Las Vegas casinos and more and more places prohibit selfies and the use of extension sticks.

The life of the travelers who opt not to bring the technology to their travels

 

Another type of abuse is the Instagram fanatics who have gone up to the category of ‘ influencers ‘ who want to travel or eat for free. Recently the well-known Spanish chef David Muñoz lamented the last proposal received: give free food in Diverxo (three Michelin stars) to a gastronomic critic with 2.102 followers in Instagram. “Would there be any chance we invitaseis to eat and in return we recommend you?” In September, the chef of a restaurant in Salamanca raised the hare on this phenomenon by criticizing that an ‘ influencer ‘ asked 100 euros and a free dinner for two in exchange for promoting his restaurant on Instagram and YouTube.

The Spanish chains Meliá receives between 60 and 70 emails each day, whose text is more or less like this: “Hello, my name is Tal and I have so many thousands of followers in Instagram. I would like to stay so many nights in your hotel and so I propose a collaboration: promotion of your brand in my social networks in exchange for free room. ” This type of proposal has become a real pest in the big Spanish hotel chains and also in the restaurants and luxury hotels. “We”, indicate in Meliá, “after some experiences, we have come to the conclusion that these kinds of collaborations or exchanges, as they call them, give us no benefit. We have such an avalanche of emails that have become a nuisance. ”

Although not yet a crowd, more and more people will declare themselves fed up with social networks and are disallowed, if they were in them. In Spain, 45% declares to have abandoned some social network in 2017 and 72% of non-users declares that it does not intend to open a profile.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, who has banned his younger relatives who are on social networks, and especially Sean Parker, creator of Facebook who recently stated that “social networks are damaging the brain and that these are designed to “Exploiting the vulnerability of human psychology.” Neither Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates make much use of their respective social networks and banned their children from mobile phones until they were 14 years old.

Technology is already considered as a harmful substance for health or psychic balance, comparable to drugs or alcohol, capable of causing detrimental effects both in the individual and social plane, especially in children and young people who on average They spend four hours a day in front of screens, hence the technological dependence has been included in the national Plan of Addictions by the Ministry of Health. In France they have gone further and have banned mobile phones in schools. The experts are forceful: it separates us from family, friends and takes away hours of sleep.

Spain has the dubious merit of having the highest percentage of mobile per capita in the world. There are more than 50 million of gadgets circulating, several million more than inhabitants, including elderly and babies. Millions of people lost in a tangle of messages, emails, “I like” Facebook or Instagram and Retuiteos several. The statistic indicates that the blissful Pantallita is consulted up to 150 times each day, once every five minutes, including the time of meals, work, rest at home and until the moment of the shower.

Therefore, in the world of tourism have begun to take measures to make electronic devices do not invade the spaces dedicated to rest, enjoyment of the trip, good food… It is proposed, basically, to practise a “high-risk sport” that is not to climb the highest mountain in the region or to jump through a waterfall dotted with rocks. The real risk activity goes through living without their favorite electronic device as they did before they were invented.

Although not yet a crowd, more and more people will declare themselves fed up with social networks and are disallowed, if they were in them. In Spain, 45% declares to have abandoned some social network in 2017 and 72% of non-users declares that it does not intend to open a profile.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, who has banned his younger relatives who are on social networks, and especially Sean Parker, creator of Facebook who recently stated that “social networks are damaging the brain and that these are designed to “Exploiting the vulnerability of human psychology.” Neither Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates make much use of their respective social networks and banned their children from mobile phones until they were 14 years old.

Technology is already considered as a harmful substance for health or psychic balance, comparable to drugs or alcohol, capable of causing detrimental effects both in the individual and social plane, especially in children and young people who on average They spend four hours a day in front of screens, hence the technological dependence has been included in the national Plan of Addictions by the Ministry of Health. In France they have gone further and have banned mobile phones in schools. The experts are forceful: it separates us from family, friends and takes away hours of sleep.

Spain has the dubious merit of having the highest percentage of mobile per capita in the world. There are more than 50 million of gadgets circulating, several million more than inhabitants, including elderly and babies. Millions of people lost in a tangle of messages, emails, “I like” Facebook or Instagram and Retuiteos several. The statistic indicates that the blissful Pantallita is consulted up to 150 times each day, once every five minutes, including the time of meals, work, rest at home and until the moment of the shower.

Therefore, in the world of tourism have begun to take measures to make electronic devices do not invade the spaces dedicated to rest, enjoyment of the trip, good food… It is proposed, basically, to practise a “high-risk sport” that is not to climb the highest mountain in the region or to jump through a waterfall dotted with rocks. The real risk activity goes through living without their favorite electronic device as they did before they were invented.

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