The world is at our fingertips. No, literally; at our fingertips! We have access to the Internet; public data, porn, games, maps, books, stores, shopping, dating site... everything right in our hands. For many of us it's the iPhone or something very similar. It's immediate access to information. Then when we get home we probably end up sitting in front of another, even larger screen; either a computer monitor or a television screen.
And what are we doing when we're in front of these screens? Just sitting there. Maybe typing.
So, why do we think we're in this big social network? Have you ever been out to a bar or restaurant and have seen a group of people all sitting together, not talking, just looking at their phones? OK, maybe occasionally they'll show someone sitting next to them their screen, but not for very long.
I'm not judging... I do this too.
So if we're online constantly; either on Facebook, Grindr, Scruff, My Space, Match.com, blogging, tweeting or whatever it is, we are still just sitting there in front of a screen. You can make yourself into anything you want. You create an online persona. But is that really you?
What can you really tell about a person from a one inch square picture? You're only reading what they want you to know. It really is hiding behind a mask in some ways.
I really like meeting a person in person! You learn so much more about a person by eye contact, body language, gestures, their sense of humor, their vibe and so much more.
If your New Year's Resolution is to be online less; I'd say, with that extra time spend it with someone. In real conversation and in real interactions.
OK, I'm talking to me mostly!