01 March 2009


This is what our society favours. The emphasis is on toys and gadgets, impersonal communication, and limited interpersonal relationships.

We are increasingly communicating with others through text messaging, internet chat and MM games. Few of us see more than a handful of people outside of work, and some don't even see more than that through work. Even talking on the phone has become less encouraged as texting rates are usually cheaper than airtime, and blackberries become more common.

We spend an inordinate amount of time devoted to making money, but rarely form close friendships with those we work with, and don't have enough time leftover to form other friendships. What free time most people have is usually spent at home, with the same people. We need more community than that.

We are encouraged to pair bond, and told that we are only supposed to love that one person and our family. What happened to loving friends, and seeing them frequently to enjoy their company? Everyone is too busy being isolated by the work and social expectations of our society.

This is not healthy for anyone.

So put down your blackberry, save your WOW session, pick up your phone and call a friend you haven't seen in a while, and get together for an evening. Invite them over, or out for coffee, or a beer. Heck, invite a bunch of people. You will feel better for socializing face to face. I promise.


  1. A few interesting recent news stories:



  2. Thanks for the links! That's what I'm talking about.

  3. I think a large part of the problem has to do with our urban environment. Try to look for comfortable inviting public spaces? Do public gathering spaces even exist in the suburbs? APARTment buildings? Sure, we need communities but we need physical locations that encourage community building.

    Sorry, just a bit of a rant after having counted off the number of times that I've moved over the years.

    Can't wait to be moving into something that will hopefully be more permanent and community friendly.


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