Thursday, May 1, 2008
Life Without A Computer
Well, I just lived life without a computer (again) for a full week. This time it was not on purpose..it just broke and now is fixed. So I am sorry for the silence and for not replying to emails. (I was not ignoring you!) It has made me think a lot about whether emails and blogging help to create relationships and community or really just isolate us even more. I started this blog one year ago this month so that I could share what I was learning and doing with my family so as not to feel isolated. But now I am experiencing a different type of isolation. Now, thousands of people know all about me yet I don't feel any closer to them. I'm not saying I'm going to stop blogging. I'm just realizing how much it has crippled my relationships with people I love. I want you to see what's going on in pictures etc, but it's so one-sided and too convenient. I'm realizing that technology is a two sided coin. It makes our lives efficient so we have more time. But more time for what? If we use the technology to make our relationships and interactions with others efficient (which I am so guilty of) than we are saving time in vain. Is this forum of interaction really doing us any good? Are we better off because we know about one another through a screen. In days before the telephone you'd have to go out of your way to talk to someone face to face. I think a lot more relationship and community existed in a time like that.... I'm just thinking out loud here. I don't have an agenda or solution. Just sharing my thoughts. Do you have any thoughts about it?