We’ve Become a Generation of Clickers
Click “Like.” Click “Wow.” Or click “Sad” if you must. Whatever you choose, together we’ve become a generation of clickers.
From the time babies can sit up many have a computer tablet shoved into their fat little hands. With their head still wobbling under its own weight, we’re teaching them to watch and click.
Then keep clicking. Or, tapping, swiping, and sliding.
Our whole musculature and highly refined physical design that lets most of us run, jump, skip, hop, reach, leap, spin, jog, and stroll is admirable. But for us as the click generation, none of it is necessary.
You just need to move your fingers and slide your dominant hand a tad. That’s it.
Like Olympic athletes putting their sports gear away into the locker for the last time. Then grabbing their phone instead. We’re turning away from our physicality.
Clicking is the new power move and for now nobody quite knows what it will do to us. Are we destined to turn our bodies into stodgy porridge? Or, will we find ways to break out beyond the finger pointing? So we can instead express ourselves with our whole body involved.
Nintendo started down that path with their Wii-Fit equipment. And Microsoft gave it a crack too. But both kind of died down back to the couch as people’s fingers wrestled back control.
Oh sure, you can use your limbs to run, walk, ride or swim. But, face it: none of this ability comes anywhere near close to the awesome force of your finger.
Which makes me ask, what if we gave other moves a share of control too? Perhaps your nose, so you could do a “Bewitched” nasal wiggle to confirm purchase. Or headshakes to say you want to change your shipping address.
How about a hula-hoop-free roll of your hips to confirm you’re not a robot? You could gyrate your hips like Elvis to scroll. Then do forward hip thrusts to swipe?
Can you imagine what an Internet Café crowd would look like doing that?
Jogging fast could let you race through pages of new conditions of use before you spit to verify you agree to the legal changes online. We could use Photoshop with broad sweeps of our feet. Then stomp to click or hop to jump the cursor to a new position.
Our click “Like” world could suddenly become a physical experience. You could build up a sweat word processing. Have a workout to rival a gym class just shopping at Amazon. And feel fitter than ever browsing the Web with your legs.
As the new Click Generation, we have a choice. Be the first the generation with a super muscular finger attached to a sadly deconditioned body. Or, find our feet and do the moves to turn our screens into body friendly fitness tools. I know what I’d be clicking.