For many years people have met, dated and broken up with each other using face-to-face interaction. Technology has created the ability to eliminate emotional factor in these actions. With today’s technological advancements with computers, cell phones, programs and apps it has made personal interaction a lot less personal.
Back in the day, you just would meet someone, talk to them, and get to know the real person inside. Maybe fall in love with a look given to you, their laugh, and/or their personality. Now you can meet a person without ever personally meeting them. The days of sitting looking over at the phone, wondering what to say, or how someone is going to respond to good or bad news is over! Why tell them when you can just text or e-mail. Today there are so many dating websites out there that allow someone to window shop for their companion like your shopping for a pair of shoes on Amazon.com. You can go on websites like Plenty of Fish and Match.com to judge people by a few simple pictures and short bio of themselves and a cheesy headline with the hope of meeting the person of your dreams or maybe the flavor of the week if you choose.
Maybe a personal relationship is not what you’re looking for? Facebook is not just about you the person, but everything around you. Maybe you’re just the type of person that likes to read statuses? “Roman is having an OK day, and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof.” I could care less if he’s raising the roof, but others do! Do you like looking at pictures? I do, I worked in a photo lab for eight years and became a graphic artist. Pictures give you an inside look into people lives without ever living the emotion of the moment, after all a picture is worth a thousand words. Even the idea of meeting up for entertainment reasons has gone away. Why go over your best friend’s house and play Xbox 360 when you can sign on at your house while sitting around in your underwear.
Even professional relationships are formed and broken though the written word. Social media has created a similar relationship with sites like Linked In and Facebook. These sites are not just simplistic ways to get your message across but to show who you are, what your about. Need a job, maybe a potential employer wants to make sure your not doing crazy stuff by doing a background check and looking at your Facebook. Are you looking to get noticed? Linked In provides a service for potential employees to establish professional relationships and connections. Even employers can look for your credentials, references, and work history to aid them to pick the correct candidate without ever meeting a person face-to-face.
With all the ways to talk to people it is becoming less and less common to meet up and physically talk. These media outlets have created an almost social class friend system where a friend is not just a friend, he is your Xbox friend, a professional relationship, Facebook buddy or even the idea of an almost pen pal. Maybe you have met these people, maybe you haven’t, it doesn’t matter any more. It does however in a sick way bring the world together while still keeping them apart. While these medias have provided us with the means to meet the world, have they detached us from personally experiencing everything life has to give us?