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I may be dating myself, but most of my childhood was spent in a world far away from PCs and video games. We didn't get our first home computer until I entered high school and my first foray onto the Internet was through NetZero dial-up. My first online interaction was through TalkCity - yes, at that time, one of those slightly unsavory chat room sites, which was nearly only one step up from the "live personal chat" phone lines.
I also must have an adversion to change, because I didn't get a real true blue e-mail address that I actively used until college. And no mobile phone until after college. I know, I know - and I'm here with a kindergarten-age nephew who is more Ipad savvy than I'll ever be.
MySpace? It came and went without me. Facebook? Joined for the first time last year and I probably check my personal page about once every two-three weeks. Twitter? Foursquare? Instragram? YouTube? Nope and nope, nope, nope again.
I am slow to join in all this social media stuff, but I appreciate it allowing me to stay in touch somehow with people from my past that I'm interested in but not enough that I want to spend the time to e-mail or call them. And I think that it is pretty awesome that online dating sites let people from different backgrounds get to mingle without boundaries because a lot of genuine relationships have come out of that. And that texting a person with a question is a whole lot quicker sometimes than calling them - why waste minutes chit chatting with someone you don't want to?
But the old-fashioned lady in me can't help but be turned off by all this technological "convenience" sometimes. I am not savvy enough to read into all the nuances of a "relationship status" nor do I think it is acceptable to text a person who is literally ten feet away from you in a neighboring office. Shoot, I got PO'd at a co-worker once who was two cubicles away from me and always always e-mailed me instead of just saying outloud "hey, Lisa!" (we worked in a pretty casual office so that totally would have been OK). My response to their e-mails? I replied in fax. I think it is too easy nowadays to be connected without connecting.
What do you think about all the technology out there that is supposed to help us communicate? Do you think it has helped or hindered our relationships with other people?
Dress: J.Crew factory indigo stitch (sim, sim)
Belt: Asos fluro skinny (worn here - same in orange, sim)
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