They say nothing takes the place of a face-to-face. I'm starting to see that's true. The thing is, for all the people you run across and network with, everything is meaningless if your lives never physically cross paths.
I'm starting to wonder at this pseudo-reality we've created for ourselves, that somehow online friends are better than the ones in front of us, or that we can say things to strangers we can't say to family.
It's a strange thing, that we would trade the beauteous splendor of an intimate moment with a friend for three hours in front of a monitor.
Nothing too profound here. I could make it interesting. I could talk about how we treat God the same way...shoving him aside for worthless idols -- just as we shove off a real relationship for a false one.
Not that there isn't any sort of commonality, camaraderie, or true friendship there. Certainly such attractions and affections are present, and real.
But sometimes I can't help but wonder if it's a bastardization of the real thing. I mean, is there a reason we're so uncomfortable with "online buddies"?
Sure, lots of good things happen. Most people are introverted, socially awkward people hiding behind a monitor -- and one day they'll learn they're lovable too. But more often than the predators, I think I've started seen another kind of trend: the trend to not speak.
This trend started with cell phones and email and TV and picked up with text messaging, video conferencing, and instant messaging -- all nouns that have become verbs. Figure that one out. (Hey, I'm still an English major; get over it.)
And so we went through the automated tellers and telemarketers and so on until, quite frankly, it's all become a farce. A freakishly obnoxious farce. And the stranger thing is, some people will like it; others will hate it; but no one will do anything to change it.
So, if anyone actually reads this, chime in. What do you think? Of course, there's a good chance I just offended you.