Monday, October 1, 2007

Isolation in Expansion: The Cell Phone Bubble

Nowadays people travel like never before, and have fewer friends. Technology has exploded (figuratively) and in its wake is a bunch of lonely people. IM, text messaging, cell phone calls, email, and the list goes on. When was the last time you were on an airplane and actually talked to the stranger next to you? No "Hi" "How are you?" "Fine" but an actual conversation. Back in the day you actually knew the people at the grocery store, post office, and your favorite food joint. Not just their name, you knew them. And (can you imagine) you knew how to and actually did interact with strangers. People you didn't know. And new friends were made. New ways to keep up with friends is great. Unfortunately even the few friends you actually have surface conversations usually predominate. There are a lot of lonely people out there talking on their cell phone who don't even realize that the person behind them in line could be their best friend, if given a chance. So hang up your phone and strike up a conversation with someone face to face. You may be surprised at the results.

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