Archive for June, 2009

Twitter or Talk

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The recent emergence of Twitter has suddenly increased the ever growing popularity in social networking? Sites like Facebook, My Space, and online games are constantly gaining new members. Could it be that we are craving the basics like family and friendship. The village and community that we were once a part of have changed beyond recognition. The wider world has now become our neighbors with just the click of a button.

Speaking of Twitter – utterly inane or seriously brilliant? Ashton Kutcher made it his mission to beat Larry King on CNN to reach 1 million viewers in the popularity stakes and he did. The competition was fierce; was it a publicity stunt, a fad, an ego driven tactic, or merely a way of connecting to the world at large. During this race, even Oprah decided to join.

You may ask why anybody would be interested in following the “tweeting phenomenon”, or the vast number of “blogs”, some ludicrous, yet, the hundreds of millions of people who are participating on these social networks seem to be saying something different. What are the reasons? Could it be because we want desperately to be acknowledged; to let the world know we exist?

And even more ridiculous, why the desire to add numerous unknown acquaintances that we call “friends” to our personal network or to have them “follow” us because we have a random thought? Do we honestly care or is this more about an innate need to feel connected even if it’s with people we really don’t know and will never really know?

The virtual world has become more popular than the actual world we live in. What does thi say for our kids and teens who are learning that virtual is a new form of reality?

Is it safer to have an intimate relationship and connection with members of a group who we never meet to avoid being emotionally attached to any one person? Or is it the power to connect and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. What’s the underlying motivation?

After all is said and done, what happened to sitting down and having a face-to-face conversation with a real friend?