By: Eduardo Zamarripa
On Nov.21, as the Tennessee Titans battled the Washington Redskins, Titans quarterback Vince Young injured his thumb after taking a big hit. Head Coach Jeff Fisher opted to bring on back-up quarterback Kerry Collins, thinking Young was in no condition to return. After the game, Young had a verbal altercation with Fisher in the locker room and stormed out without addressing the media.
Young has a record of immaturity and unstable emotional reactions and this might have been the last straw for Fisher. Fisher addressed the media and declared that Young was no longer a member of the Titans, that he was not allowed in the locker room and that he had no idea if he was going to be the quarterback of the future for the Titans.
So your boss is saying he’s fed up with your immaturity. That he does not want you in the locker room anymore and that you are as good as gone. I would think that would be time for Young to have a long and profound conversation with Fisher regretting his actions. What did Young do?
Young texted Fisher, apologizing for his actions. Seriously? A quarterback that is worth millions, having his job on the line, decides to text his angered coach?
I agree with you on that one Mr. Fisher. Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I
screw up I try to talk someone face-to-face. If I ever stormed out of a classroom I wouldn’t be tweeting my professor ‘I’m sorry.’
So when are we going to draw the line?
We talk about it every day. We analyze and explore the impact that social networking has on our lives. Face-to-face communication, and human interaction, has plummeted amidst this social media phenomenon. Of course, by losing human interaction, we have instead gained a world of communication that probably no one could have predicted. Online and mobile communication has never been simpler or more inclusive.
However, when we are no longer capable of differentiating between an everyday text and a serious issue, then we have a problem of basic human reasoning. Maybe next time a groom is late to his wedding he’ll text the priest ‘You can get started, I was going to say I do.’ Or maybe next time someone is being accused of murder they’ll text the judge, ‘I’m not guilty, for realz.”
Young’s text exemplifies the era we live in. We avoid human interaction and social contact at all costs because we are driven by the need to facilitate mobile and online communication. How much is too much?