Where do I begin? Sitting here, attempting to convey the umpteen reasons as to why I no longer communicate by means of Facebook, would have us here for weeks. So, I’ll get straight to the point.
After 20+ major moves since the age of 18, I have always pride myself in staying in touch with people. I’ve had so many different characters in and out of my life over the years, it is difficult to keep track. With the invention of social networks, and their proliferation over the past decade; staying in touch has not only become easier, but also a mindless way of communication.
I can’t begin to explain how many issues, both positive and negative, have been sourced by the one word entities, that now invade our/my every device. Can I sit here and say that the internet is a bad thing? Definitely, not. I mean, while working in Bosnia, I “met” my husband who was in Hawaii, and months later, eventually linked up in the States- So, its not all bad.
However, these days I avoid the little, blue and white app, like the plague. There are many, longwinded reasons for this; but, the main reason is because my husband is currently serving on an outpost in the middle of Afghanistan- a story to be told, much later.
On this rainy, Sunday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, I visited one of my only (these days) form of media, NPR. One of the first stories I noticed, can be found here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/29/226527161/what-gets-lost-in-our-carefully-crafted-online-conversations.
Take a minute, read the article, and try and think of ways that you can’t relate. Part two of this post will be up tonight.
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Joe- Wish we were on the Disney Boat, eating this: