I am always wrestling with my feelings about technology (remember cell phones and chickens?), though I never seem to make it past confused. I love it and I hate it, you know.
Take Facebook for example. I love that it reminds me of everyone’s birthday and it is so simple to type a quick birthday greeting on someone’s Facebook Wall and know that their birthday has been acknowledged. It’s convenient and quick, like most technology advances I worry over. But is it meaningful?
I waffle back and forth on things like whether or not emailing a message is better because it is more eco-friendly. And so many things come down to time, at least that’s what I am always hearing. Sending a message via the internet is quick – but isn’t the internet kind of a time waster anyway. Sure, it takes some time to sit down and handwrite a card and stick it in the mail, but how much time was wasted on empty web surfing, and sorting through junkmail in the email inbox today?
I think what I have to keep coming back to is what feels most meaningful to me, what feels most fulfilling. So I’m pulling out the old typewriter again, buying a new ink ribbon for it, and following my heart the best way I know how.
I love the internet, but I think I’m going to type a few messages, make a few birthday cards and send them the old fashioned way for the exact same reason I like to make my own bread: I want to feel connected in a meaningful way.
I’d really like to know what makes you feel connected – to the people in your life, to your family, to your own creative self? Please share!