High School Reunion

9 Apr

Over Easter weekend I found myself talking to a cousin a couple of years older than me.  He told me that he had his 10-year high school reunion coming up and that truthfully he really wasn’t that excited.  This seemed weird to me since I have always thought about how interesting it will be to come back in ten years and be a totally different person, maybe married with kids or living some where exotic or having the coolest possible job.  What I never thought about was his next point, he told me he doesn’t even think he needs a reunion because facebook is his reunion.  He gets all the wedding albums and baby pictures, vacations updates, and status’s about new jobs.  Even though he might not even speak to the people anymore, he knows down to the minute what is happening in each and everyone of their lives.  Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch with good friends, but when it comes to the point where you know every minute detail about their lives and have no need for actual communication we should probably draw the line.  Will there ever come a day when there will be no need for any human contact?  Is technology taking away our ability to interact with others?  These are scary thoughts but likely true.  One of my friends dad refused to allow her to have text messaging until her freshman year of college because he was afraid that the art of communication was dying.  No one picks up the phone and chats with friends anymore and people sure as heck don’t send letters in the mail.  All this new technology is great but we can’t lose our roots or we will lose our grasp on reality.  Socially interaction and communication is what defines our humanity and we are beginning to lose this.  While it might be challenging to fit into busy schedules, next time you see an update on an old friend on facebook, pick up the phone and call them to see how their life is going instead of just perusing through old pictures. 

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