Last night, as I lay in bed not sleeping, it occurred to me that at any given moment of my life, it would take a few seconds to contact someone else. This might be someone I knew or someone I was merely connected to on the internet, just as you and I might be, and at any given moment I could change the lighting in my room by contacting someone else on the internet.
There are fewer and fewer people who have lived most of their lives with these conditions as a new thing and more and more people who have had this as a preexisting condition in their lives.
I lived for many years without a television or a telephone and the people I knew thought this slightly odd, but the generation before me were not fully invested in either device.
Books were once my sole companions in life, those shadow creatures that never left my side, and populated my world with names and personalities and events. I had a reading lamp that I kept for years and it never failed me until it fell off its place on the headboard, and crashed onto the floor. Whatever it was that broke inside of it killed it, and it was odd shopping for a lamp. There were smaller, lighter, LED lit, and cheap. No personality at all, mind you, but the one I bought is still around and still works.
What year it was, I cannot remember, but I remember consciously making the decision to begin a migration away from human activity. My writing had begun to absorb more of my time, and as such, I drank less, and read more. Both reading and writing require that human interaction be reduced, and my lifeboat was created out of twenty-six letters, rearranged various combinations, very much like the ones you are reading now. Thanks, by the way. I don’t say that often enough.
Here’s the question I have for you at this point in time; has social media made you less social? Or has the ability to interact on demand created friends in your life that you would have never met otherwise?
In Dog Rescue, social media could not be replaced easily if at all. It’s a tool that’s invaluable and heavily leaned upon every day in ways that most people never considered. Social media gives people within the group opportunities to cross post lost dogs and found dogs so that wners are found, sometimes, within minutes.
But as I lay in bed, with the cell phone and the laptop shut down for the night, and the router unplugged, there was a stillness, and a darkness, that I realized that I missed in life. Very rarely does anyone simply sit and absorb the energy of the universe anymore, in a porch swing or on a stump in the woods. Gone are the days of reinforced solitude, and total darkness, or even the accidental kind, and I wonder, truly wonder, if there’s a generation coming up that will rebel against this connectivity that we have created out of thin air and hotspots.