Posted by: Skylar Bergl
Wi-Fi is the currency of today. People line up, spend a couple bucks to get a coffee drink and pop a squat in their favorite coffee shops and milk up their free Wi-Fi service. I’ve done it, and a lot of other people still do it. Now, that wi-fi is on the run with you. Megabus, a service that runs throughout cities in the United States offers wi-fi on their buses as they travel across the country. And now, even Amtrak and Greyhound are joining the party.
According to CNN Amtrak and Greyhound are rapidly trying to capitalize on the ability to offer free wifi to their passengers as they are along for the ride. Part of this seems great. A lot of the passengers that ride on these public transportation lines are people who are on the go, constantly needing to get things done as quickly as they can. But the other side of the coin is more of a commentary on the society that we have become. Many different transportation lines have already gotten on the train (if I may) of adding free wi-fi to their accommodations and while that bodes well for the on the go entrepreneur or busybody executive, what does it say about us?
We are a busy society of people. We have tons of information at the click of a button, or even the scroll of touchscreen phone. With more mobile applications, devices and more mobility, there is becoming less reason for us to be actual human beings riding along on a road trip. I think that the situation it puts us in is a strange one. On one hand, it takes a lot longer on trains/buses than airplanes to get from point A to point B, so adding internet seems like a great way to pass the time. The other thought is how it’s taken away from the experience of seeing our beautiful landscape and simply glaring at a bright screen instead. For someone as “plugged in” as I am, it’s tough to argue against the addition. But as a real American, it’s easy to see the other side as well.
Do you think it’s just want public transit needs? Do you like staring out the windows during long road trips? Are we starting to simply just like looking at screens instead of each other?