Living Just A Little: The Conversation
Moments of Disconnection
We live in a day where almost everywhere you go someone is on the phone, an I-pad, or some other kind of digital device chatting it up with someone in the nethersphere. Just go to the store, a sporting event, the movies, and even church and you will see people are constantly “checking” their devices as if they will probably miss something if they don’t. I observe students leave their classroom and begin dialing before they reach the end of the doorway. It seems that everyone is trying to stay connected with everyone…everyone else other than those with whom we share a physical space.
I am neither a technophobe nor a techno-hater. I enjoy changing technology and revel at the possibilities to accomplish my everyday tasks more efficiently and faster. Sometimes it is just cool to have the latest and the greatest. There’s nothing wrong with that. What I caution is the allowance of technology to be the substitute for true human interaction. There is a commercial for a cell phone service which talks about creating your calling circle. I have found that these devices make it easy for us to fortify our circle of acquaintances, creating a wall where new possibilities for interaction become difficult. In the novel,
In the novel, Living Just A Little, Ellis has that wall around him. He doesn’t use the latest gizmo or gadget, he has simply dredged a moat to protect his feelings and emotions from being exercised. It is clear that with or without technology, we as humans can shut ourselves away from others for so long that our loneliness becomes a way of life. The digital world claims that we are more connected than ever before. There is evidence that with all of Twitter comments, YouTube videos, and instant news on stars and celebrities, there are many people who find themselves less and less connected to those who can truly make an impact on their lives. Next time you are on the bus, waiting for a train, in line at the grocery store, or any other social setting…take a breath. Before you grab you phone or pad, say hello to the person next to you. Enjoy the moment of disconnection from the nethersphere and re-connect by using the original social network…a smile and handshake. As you look to tomorrow, ask yourself…are you living your life to the fullest or simply living just a little?
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What say you?