I have a festering fear that the future of communication will be exclusively video chatting. Already there is Skype, video G-chat, Facebook video, and “Facetime” on the Iphone.
My problem with this format of communication is two fold.
1) I don’t always want people to see what I look like. Sometimes I want to roll my eyes at what you are saying while thrusting my pelvis in silent protest. What if I want to eat tomato sauce with my hands while listening to your story about getting drunk in NY then waking up in Greece next to an old fisherman with a missing pointer finger and a tattoo of your mother’s face above his right butt cheek? Who hasn’t that happened to? This sauce seeping through my fingers is way more exciting than that boring story. Also, sometimes I go the bathroom when I am on the phone. What if there is straining involved? You are going to recognize that expression, and do you really want that memory?
2) People just spend the whole time looking at themselves anyway. Why not just talk on the phone while looking in the mirror?? That way you maintain your privacy while still getting the best view.