J.R.R. Tolkien may have phrased it best:
“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
Ok, I don’t mean that as a slight against anyone. But it kind of screams at me for my limited ability to maintain connections to people I meet in real life.
So I finally broke down and got a facebook account.
It is kind of weird. The whole social networking thing is one of those things that I have always been pretty poor at. I can make a connection with someone and just leave it at that and never contact that person again. With the emerging technology of social networking sites like facebook we stay semi-connected to people and it facilitates reconnecting to people that I had not even thought about in decades. And on one hand it may seem like an almost trite way to stay in contact with people on the other hand it can also deepen our relationships with others. I need to get better at that. I have never been one for greeting cards and the like. No, I don’t care for phone calls to much either. But I still like getting updated on what is going on so these new applications seem to fill an important niche for me. At the same time it just doesn’t quite fill my perceived requirement for real face to interaction. It does seem to lack a bit of intimacy and is not quite the same as face to face interactions unless you already know someone really well.
And then there is the whole online persona thing that I just don’t quite get, but recognize that some people are different in real life than they are on line. And to caveat on that, I am sure some people’s impressions of me on the internet would be totally shifted if they met me face to face despite my striving to just be me on the net, without meeting me, you just don’t know for yourself for sure. So come on over and have some tea! Pardon the dust and mess, we’re working on it.
I reiterate that I have always been horrible at maintaining connections. So I am kind of thankful for this technology.
Anyway this has been a kind of wandering post. It is lunch time and I am going to eat now.