I watched this video a few days ago:
While this dude reminds me exactly of the type of person who probably watches way too much porn on the internet, he has a good point: all this virtual non-interaction replaces true physical contact with other people and really fucks up your ability to act like a normal person in society. A bunch of websites have popped up using his talk as their basis, which tells me a lot of dudes need to go outside more often...
Anyway, I'm not saying I hate technology, but it really does seem to impede people. When I was a kid, you'd walk down the street and say hello, sometimes people would say hello back, sometimes they'd sneer. Regardless, there was some form of interaction. Now when I'm walking around campus, for instance, EVERY SINGLE PERSON is on their phone. Every single one. Texting or talking or playing games or listening to music or whatever. No eye contact, no greeting, might as well be fucking robots. This is somewhat disturbing to me to say the least. Go to a bar, every one is on their phone doing the same shit. Why even bother going anywhere to hang out with your friends if you're just going to play video games or text some random girl the whole time? I'm the first to admit I've done this before, which is why I started leaving my phone in the car or my backpack when I'm doing anything. The distraction is enough to make me anti-social even though I have a reasonable amount of social skills. They're slowly being depleted, however, through the use of technology.
Forums are the worst; people are incredibly argumentative and idiotic in the extreme. In reality, they're mostly normal. Well, normal for nerds, I suppose. But the most aggressive individuals on forums tend to be the sorts of people who'd never say anything in public for fear of ridicule. It's way too easy to sit behind a keyboard and pump out stupidity in massive quantities when no one is around to call you on the carpet.
Going back to the G+ games, that seems to be the way of the future, and I can't say I enjoy the prospect of never again sitting around a table in a friend's basement, rolling dice and drinking ridiculous quantities of Mountain Dew. The internet is a wonderful tool for meeting new people and sharing ideas, but it's not really social, at least not in a way that allows true friendships and relationships to develop.
I know no one reads this blog, but I'm asking all of you to make it a goal next month to meet at least one other gamer, in person, and drink a beer or whatever. This hobby is full of quite a few of the most sociopathic assholes in the world, but some of you must be normal people with normal lives. Seek out other normals who like rpgs and interact with them, in person. And turn off the fucking phones.