I still remember the days of the rotary telephone; the big, loud, dingy yellow behemoth that sat screwed to the wall of my parents home. The cord, if I remember right, was a good 100 feet long and stretched all around the house it seemed. My how far we’ve come in just a few decades in this sphere of communication.
Before the days of caller I.D., cellphones, text messaging, working Internet, Facebook, Twitter and all the various social networking sites, people actually socialized with others in person. Though this is still a common practice of course, I wonder how truly connected we are with all of our so-called connectivity devices and technological advancement.
It seems that the top chosen method of communication is via text messaging. And, if you think about this concept, it makes little sense. Though text messaging is convenient when you’re unable to answer a call, or don’t feel like talking, it is so much easier to pick up the phone and talk rather than type out every letter of every word. You cannot tell much emotion from text, nor can you discern sarcasm. In many ways, the context of the message can askew the reader, leaving him or her wondering your main point or taking a message the wrong way.
I am a champion at messaging and networking. It is beneficial to being a freelance writer. But the point here is the simple thought that with all of our technology, is it bringing us closer together or is it deadening the human experience?
People are social creatures, so this is natural to evolve a more advanced form of socializing. But the one-on-one contact is slowly waning. More and more people sit at their computer or stare at their phones for many hours of the day. You may have 1,000 friends on Facebook, but how many do you know, and how many do you actually talk to? Would you, in reality, even be friends with these people?
I fear that the human race is becoming both disconnected with nature and now with each other. Though the networks and technology have fruitful benefits, maintaining communication and physical contact with one another is what we desire most. Sending a smiley face may be nice, but, nothing can replace the touch of a human hand, or the sight of a smile and laughter in person.
The sphere of communication can be traveled in many ways; through direct contact, or not. As long as we have miles of cable and satellites, these methods will continue to grow and evolve.
We should all use technology to our advantage and not fear it. I agree it makes living more comfortable and, at times, interesting. Just remember not to become dependent on these means of alternative communication. Take the time to visit, be personal, intimate and hold one another in loving embrace. The spirit desires these simple expressions of existence; simple loving gestures.
Nobody knows what tomorrow brings. One day, we may be right back at smoke signals.