What’s the Connection

People say they connect using social networks. There are wireless connections. With the constant connection we have with our cars and computers, why can’t we get together in person — travel to spend actual time with the people we claim are our friends? Our connections have become wireless, meaningless, superficial. We think we’re connecting because we sent a text message or email or posted a picture online. Is that a real connection? Or is that a facade to fill the void from negligence to meet and actually speak to each other.

I’ve been spending a lot of time visiting the local parks in my “witness protection” location. There’s no one in any of the parks most of the time. A young man shoots hoops alone. A lady runs along the street. A man walks his dog. Two women push a baby in a stroller. It’s oddly quiet for a public park in an area with a significant population.

The front porches are empty as are the backyards. Where is everybody? Can they all occupy the sandy shores of the east coast all summer? Are they all shopping in the techno malls to purchase more devices to divide them with more wireless connections?

I long for the renewed chance to provide a place where people will choose to meet, to engage in conversation with the person next to them — leaving the wireless world behind in order to explore the wonders of the mind and spirit of human kind.

I wonder.

I wish.

I wait.

Will you be there to connect with me?

Twits and Tweets

Getting around on social media can be a challenge when there is a new set of terminology to continually learn.  Let’s FACEbook it, there’s barely a TWEET out there that doesn’t lead you to another place in cyberspace.  You’ll be lost for hours in the endless search for information that bombards us each day.   It comes at us fast. Better be ready to catch it in a mental net and hope it stays still so you can absorb the new processes, gadgets, techno jargon before it flits away.

Are there still people who watch TV daily?  I haven’t seen a TV show for months — don’t miss it.   An occasional movie is fine.   I won’t even get bored in the ever spinning world of knowledge.  Tweets are short and sweet — a treat in a day cluttered with interruptions of lengthy discourse.  That must be why texting is great way to communicate.  Get to the point in a few words — then move on.  If you can’t say what you need to say in a couple sentences, then you probably are over analyzing the situation.

Better yet, we could call someone for information thus spend less time on the computer reading about their life.    Just call and ask if you want to know something or need to know their “status”.

Time to log off and go talk to humans again.