technology has changed our lives
immeasurably over the past ten years.
when i was first blossoming into a teenager,
i discovered phone conversations with my peers
that lasted longer than
"wanna come over and play?"
...then, soon came ICQ (uh-oh!)
and it's progeny, msn instant messenger.
in those days, we were able to keep in touch with
the friends we saw every day at school
during the in-between hours
before we saw each other again.
in the age of
and unlimited texting plans,
i find that many of my friendships have begun to consist
almost entirely of written conversations.
instead of making a phone call
to see how someone's doing and catch up,
we tap out a facebook message.
instead of calling a friend up
to make plans for the weekend,
we send texts back and forth.
a conversation that, in voice or in person,
would take five minutes,
ends up taking hours because our fingers don't work as fast as our vocal chords,
or we get distracted and forget to respond.
and somehow it seems less fulfilling.
there are also loads of problems with miscommunications
that occur when conducting friendships
via written formats,
especially when you are trying to talk about something deeper than
"drinks on thursday?"
and i have had one too many hurt feelings happen
because someone's words appeared to be sharper
than they had meant,
easily outweighed the drawbacks to having one that is not.
so i am taking a bit of a breather from social networking,
and you might have noticed that i've been posting less frequently
but more because i am feeling less of a need to write every day
and instead would rather put my energy into living,
and post something meaningful
when i have something that i really want to talk about.
but it's been a week so far and already i feel less busy
with keeping up with everyone that i never see in person
... and i like it.
do you ever feel overwhelmed by social networking?