My friend, Sickler, says, "Technology brings us closer together so we can be further apart."
When I think about the internet, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, text messaging, and dish network, I believe it accomplishes just that! I can sit at home with all my housemates and connect with people all over the globe. I can write a blog about my latest thoughts. I can text old high school friends and Twitter old kamp buddies. Watch a movie on the television in the process. All the while, I am sitting there on the couch next to my housemate who is doing the very same thing.
We are closer connected to the world, but further a part from each other.
That's one observation I made from living off $1.25 last Sunday. Without access to technology my world shrank in size. But while my world shrunk, it also became more personal. If we became students of the Third World we would quickly find people who live much more connected. They have a close knit community.
Just because technology gives us the ability to do something, doesn't necessarily mean we should do it. As you navigate the social networking world, remember that no Tweet, text, IM, e-mail, wall post, blog post, or video chat can replace sitting across the table from a friend and sharing a meal.
Don't let technology move you away from where you are. Use it to connect, but not to disconnect from the very people with whom you live!
(Note: Housemates, I want to get better at this!)
I've often thought we need missionaries from the Third World to come teach us how to live in community.