Faraway, So Close

I really like Joseph Susanka’s column for today:

Try as I might, my “Social Networking” escapades are rarely social and even less regularly network-y; more “dialed in” now than I’ve been at any other point in my life, I actually find myself less connected than ever. Rather than an easy opportunity to engage with friends and family throughout the country, new media has become for me an information-induced malaise—a passivity that finds me watching status updates and tweets fly by without raising a finger to interact with them.

I think many can relate. But read the whole piece to see where he goes with it. Lots of insight to our days, and one of his best!

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Electronic Solitary Confinement

    Sine the e-culture came along, I have had less human interaction. It is great for rounding people up, or it was, for an event to socialize. Now they/we are all so overcome in electronica, they do not even read emails or invites.

    First we phoned each other, then we emailed. Now, no one wants to read emails much and insist on texts and FB and etc. I made the mistake of resisting FB and texts and so have paid the price dearly. I find FB so self aggrandizing people I used to admire as sensible people seem to be chained to the computer and tell me the silliest trifles about what they are doing. I guess I’m old fashioned and would rather hear all that in a friendly chat than seeing them dish up everything for the general public to view.

    I had to cave in and stay with a minimal presence on FB and came to that decision when I discovered that friends had had a second child and I’d never heard about it. I’m great at reaching out to people and staying connected but in this new era, one has to follow ones friends on whatever the new, shiny thing is or one loses out. Sad but true.

    I think folks spend so much time and invest so much energy on these new means, that anything over and about that seems to hard for them.

    Resistance is futile.

    I resisted and it did not pay well. When I forced myself to keep up with the e-Joneses I faired better. Without it I was isolated. I thought the whole point of life was to love and interact with the other humans to get to know God and His plans for my life. I can’t do that without staying connected in at least some way.

    A friend just told me on the phone she is too overwhelmed by all the information streaming at her. She called in the middle of my comment. How very validating.

    Even with the Catholic singles sites I’m on, many are now eschewing the huge amounts of time it takes to interact on there and are skipping it and going to the gym and out for walks with people. That really surprised me. And pleased me. People have tired somewhat of the electronic format.

    My godson is about to turn 18. He lost his phone privileges. I’ve never seen him happier. He just does minimal FB and then lives life. He’s more balanced now, more outgoing. Less texty more talkative. Its wonderful.

  • Will

    All of the electronics (TV, games, blogs, email, facebook, twitter, etc.) can isolate people. We all need to mingle with real people. As Catholics, we need to get out and help our neighbor.

  • William L. Harnist

    We are becoming more communicative, but less connected. Does anyone else see the inanity of it all?