‘SOCIAL NETWORKING’ HAS TURNED US INTO AN ANTI-SOCIAL SPECIES

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Modern technology came into my home about 25 years ago when I purchased my first telephone answering machine. It was when I was on one of my many trips to New York.  I will never forget my mother’s reaction to it…. she simply asked, “what is that”? I told her it was a recording device in case someone called me when I was not at home. She responded, ” that’s stupid! If you are not at home they will call back later”! Her old world logic didn’t make much sense to me at the time, but it does now.. we have become too dependent on gadgets to communicate with each other.
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It started with the answering machine and has now branched out to umpteen ways for us to communicate with each other without looking into each others’ eyes. We used to sit down and write letters to friends…. that has been replaced with email, no paper or pen required. We used to talk to each other, touch each other, do things with each other, now we send text messages on our mobile phones. We no longer even have to talk to people on the phone.
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We had friends, REAL friends, today they are merely a name and a photo on FaceBook. We get requests every day to become ‘friends’ with people we do not even know. Worse yet, we get those same requests to become friends with someone that has been our friend for over fifty years. What have we become?
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Some of us have become ‘virtual stalkers’ as we ‘follow’ people on Pages such as Twitter. No longer do we have to wonder what someone is doing or where they are doing it …. it’s all there on the Net. Frightening!
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Needless to say, the Internet has its advantages. It is the quickest way to research anything we might need information about. It is the vehicle we use to get our points of view across on the Blogesphere. As a ‘social’ outlet,  all it has done is create the most anti-social generation in the history of mankind. We see dating on line, we can shop on line, we can have our old fashioned garage sales on line…. no need to ever leave your home or interact in any way with another human being… it’s all done via the keyboard. We even do our banking on line today and pay our bills that way as well.
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When I look at this ‘monster’ that has been created I cringe. Yes, there are advantages to technology, it is supposed to make life easier for us, but it is not meant to destroy our lives completely.
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Let’s get off FaceBook, let’s walk to the supermarket and the bank, lets meet our neighbours in the street and TALK to them. Let’s become human again…. not an extension of some electronic demon.
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BUT, DO check in on my Blog daily for updated info on the Palestinian situation. Just DON’T spend the whole day looking at your screen…. GO OUT AND CHANGE THE WORLD! It too needs a good rebooting!
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Just keep this in mind…. every time you log onto your FaceBook Page, some fat assed geek makes money from the advertising revenues it generates …. he’s laughing all the way to the bank… AT YOU!
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4 Comments

  1. Herman said,

    June 1, 2011 at 08:24

    Straight out of my heart…!

    And all those people with earphones in, busy looking at their telephone, chatting. Not seeing the people around.
    Trying to find a partner on the internet, while there are so many nice people on the street…

  2. David Strader said,

    June 1, 2011 at 14:28

    My closest friend is four hours away, so Facebook works good for me. When the steel industry faltered in our area, everyone moved and I stayed. I’m a few hours walking distance from the bank or supermarket… not close to anything and have no neighbors to speak of. I can drive down the road for 30 miles and not see a soul.

  3. June 1, 2011 at 20:13

    Well said.Technological progress is the number one factor responsible for loneliness, as no social interaction is real anymore.

  4. June 1, 2011 at 20:17

    there really is no place to meet your neighbors except maybe in community centers. Even local pubs are far apart and too expensive. Our leaders don’t want us to really socialize and integrate. They prefer ghettos to use as a political weapon.


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