Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see.(Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen.)
I saw this article on Yahoo today Young People Crave Self Esteem Above Sex: Study
Is anyone really surprised by this? (I guess the researchers were...)
We have become a culture of "It's all about me."
Texting, Facebook, blogs...everyone has fallen into this narcissistic trap.
I believe this has come about because we have 24-7 access to everything and everybody. A virtual world if you will.
I don't own a cell phone. I don't want one. (This drives SM crazy, I think more from a safety point of view than from anything else.)
I hate phones. I hate talking on them. (Right Mom?)
I don't have a facebook page. Don't want one.
I have a land line at home and when I'm at work I use theirs. If I have a breakdown in the car I use the nice person's phone who stops and asks me if I need help. (Trust me, it's happened.)
I personally believe that we are, in a way, becoming MORE isolated in our efforts to get ourselves out into that virtual world.
Personal interaction is on the decline. People don't know how to deal with each other face to face. It's easier to say "text me" or "email me."
I've noticed this myself. (SM has definitely noticed it..."You're blogging again?")
I started this blog as a sort of journal. Someplace to have pictures and thoughts that I could go back and read like the old photo albums we used to keep. I guess the new version of that is "scrap-booking".
But I've noticed that I get a thrill looking at my view counter, my Google Friends Connect, my stat page.
"Hey, people are actually interested in what I have to say."
I've fallen into the trap.
(Damn...I have to get ready for work...Sigh. Real life, not fantasy.)