Let's reconnect, withOUT plugging in
Walking out of the Murray Recreation Center donned in my work clothes - tank and shorts in snow, rain, or shine - I was eager to go running after 5 hours of sitting and staring at almost the same people I see every Sunday. I arrived at my car, opened the door, and hit the unlock knob on the door - nothing. Crap. The lights stayed on AGAIN. Therefor, my battery was dead. AGAIN. I put the car in neutral and started pushing it out of my stall as an older man approached me in a jean jacket and ball cap. "Need a hand?" he asks. "I might," I replied pushing the car slightly up hill. He joins in, and we get it into a stall where another car can give me a jump. "Do you have someone coming?" he asks after I thank him for his help and tell him my battery is dead. "I'm not sure, you wouldn't be able to jump me would you?" And in an age where people have places to go, people to see, things to do, the man said "I'm from Wyoming, and we never pass by a person in need of a jump. Out there, it could mean life or death," he says with a smile on his lips. We successfully connect the cables, my car turns over and then the engine revs to life, and I thank him for his trouble. His parting words were, "Just remember to do the same for someone else!" as he drove past and waved.
Today's events reminded me of a lot of what has been lost in an era of internet social sites, email, and cell phones. The personal connections of the past, when people wrote letters by hand and took the time to make it neat and flawless; when people got together for simple occasions just to catch up; when a nieghbor was a friend and not just a nameless face; when community meant more than joining a group on facebook; these are the things we have begun to lost touch with even as we seem to be more often in touch with our friends and family through today's electronic devices. Where has traditional hospitality gone? When was the last time you stopped by a person's house to say hi rather than comment on their status. In an era of social networking, we have lost touch of what it means to truly be social. We isolate ourselves in a false sense of community and belonging - connecting to the internet does not mean really connecting with a group of people.
Facebook now has over 350 million users. With such a huge crowd, where are the people coming from? Here are the top countries whose people have been fueling Facebook’s growth. Note that this list was picked from another list of the top ten countries by user growthnumbers. So, there possibly could be other countries who are in the top ten but did not grow enough in volumes (though that sounds unlikely)
1. USA : 102.6 million
2. Turkey : 16.9 million
3. Indonesia : 15.3 million
4. Italy : 13.5 million
5. Philippines : 8.8 million
6. Spain : 7.8 million
7. Argentina : 7.5 million
8. Mexico : 6.6 million
9. India : 5.6 million
10. Malaysia : 4.2 million
The issue is worldwide - we need to reconnect, but without plugging in!