Daily we sit, thousands of us before a little screen. Hours pass, our minds have wondered and wandered. We check our mail, facebook, twitter and other links staying connected with the world yet sitting alone before the screen. It has become a way of life. At one time a person was a couch potato for watching television all day, now we sit before an even smaller screen for hour, after hour sometimes wasting our world away. And so how is that different from a couch potato….are we really thinking more or less? Are we really gaining anything…more or less.
It is it seems why so many are now inept at social graces. At the so important interacting with others. We can avoid one another by texing, emailing, fbing. We don’t even have to talk to anyone any longer yet we think we are so in touch when in reality we are a world on the brink of being totally out of touch.
I long for the exchange as it once was. When you could see the reaction, hear the inflection in a voice, share the laughter and the smile. It is those simple little exchanges that make a world a much better place then we are today. Oh yes there is skype and we can sit in an awkward position, with an awkward view of us to the other person…we can do that and think we are connected. But we can’t sense the other person. We can’t smell the coffee or touch the person’s hand to make a point. We simply sit like robots before a screen pretending to interact.
In many ways the little screen on our desk, in our hand does keep us in touch and better informed ever so quickly. Yet in so many ways we have lost a most valuable form of connecting and that is the exchange that only in person can bring to the experience of life.