Today, I have a question and I seriously would like answers from everyone.
Is the way we communicate online really replacing any need to mingle with other live human beings?
I can’t really answer the question myself, because I do not live alone. I have a husband that engages conversation with me, holds me and touches me when needed and hugs me when I feel like I need to hug someone.
I believe my need for the hugs is social conditioning, for I am a product of a generation when “free love” was practically a religion:)
Sure, I enjoyed some of it. But it was really that sense of changing the world, the excitement of breaking the staid, repressed rules of society forever that engaged me…it certainly was not the stinky, smelly hippie types constantly “hitting on me” to reap the benefits of the free love movement.
That multiple partner, no commitment, no demands lifestyle turned out to be a myth, to my great relief. But it was with great disappointment the “players” felt, you know, those people seeking a lot of casual sex from as many unknown partners as possible in the shortest time possible. LOL Oh well, guys and gals, better luck next time:)
I never really believed that it is an actual physical need to be in the physical presence of someone to feel the love, support and happiness that comes from connecting with another like-minded person. Blogging and Facebook and Twitter and anything else that gives me the opportunity to see what others are up to that might interest me is exciting. People from anywhere and everywhere are available to me at all times. All they are interested in, their unique talents and thoughts can be shared in seconds with hundreds of thousands of people instantly.
How can that NOT be exciting? How can that NOT be a good thing?
I find I am far more fond of my online peeps than I ever was with my so-called real friends. I can feel the warmth of these people, the authentic interest they have in what I’m saying and their excitement about their creative endeavours.
It is easier to open up your true self online, share your loves, wants and needs without any protective walls.
You know, those walls that go up instantly when in the presence of anyone. Those walls that protect your vulnerabilities until those people earn your trust.
It takes forever to earn trust. It takes seconds to lose it.
So, I beg of you to seriously consider the question and to respond. Ask your friends and ask them to respond as well. The more different responses the more interesting this will be. So, please, ask the question and send me the answer.
My need to know is creating a whirlwind of thoughts in my head, creating havoc as a tornado would.