My wife, kid, and I are pretty much the only ones in our family living in California. The rest of our families and friends are scattered in other States, Canada, and overseas. With current technology of E-mail or Instant Messaging, communication should be a breeze. Study shows we’re more connected than ever. My household is in the “well connected” category since we have broadband Internet connection, use Instant & Text Messaging, send and receive E-mails daily, run a blog, and have a Facebook account. But we find it difficult to stay in touch via the Internet. So, we go back to basics. We rely on face-to-face meetings and telephone calls to stay in touch. Why is that?
The answer is simply with the folks we’ve been communicating with. Our parents are not the biggest tech fan, although my Dad does occasionally use the Blackberry and E-mail. My siblings use Instant Messaging, but they’re not always online (and talking). Some of my old friends are on the Internet (and tech savvy), but we no longer have anything in common since we’re living worlds apart (Yes, even Canada is that far away)!
I discovered if we have something to share, we’ll find a way to communicate, right away. Technology is useless without people using it. We still need the topic of conversation and willingness to take time to really talk. I get good conversations sitting with friends and co-workers during lunch time. Heck, we even have interesting talks in the car, while driving wherever. I don’t need a Blackberry. I don’t need to pick up my e-mail every 10 minutes. I just need people who are willing to be less superficial, and share a chunk of time to talk (and listen).
I just need to get out there and be connected. Technology has nothing to do with it.
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