The Internet is a funny thing. A paradox, if you will.
This game changing invention somehow brought everyone "virtually" into our living rooms, which at the same time reducing most people's social lives.
"Well, I don't see my 'real' friends as much as I used to, because... the Internet."
Yesterday, we felt very "adult" because we actually had our dear friends over for afternoon coffee. Probably sounds terribly old fashioned to some of you, but it was a poignant reminder of just how pleasant it is to share physical space with people... not just instant messages.
Just to wrap a bit of context around that, both Mrs. Denmarkguy and I are profound introverts, and we're generally quite comfortable just keeping to ourselves, in our own little world.
Sure, we see plenty of people when we go out and do art shows and such... but that's different; work related.
Got me to pause and wonder whether or not I actually saw more people socially before 1995... and the answer is q pretty definitive "yes."
But — as an introvert — I don't really feel like I am missing out on something.
A few weeks ago, I found myself watching a YouTube clip (which, of course, I can't find now!) by a professor of psychology who was pointing out how social skills among the "technological generations" was gradually eroding.
Not because people don't care," but because of a lack of usage. It's hard to be skilled at the social niceties of life if you're rarely called upon to use them.
Welcome to the Matrix?
As I have touched upon before, sometimes I can't help but ponder the possible reality that we're slowly immersing ourselves in our own self-created version of the Matrix, seeking refuge in virtual worlds of gaming and Metaverses... eventually to the point where were connected to the external world only by pipes and wires... while being tended to by some kind of artificial intelligence.
Would that really be a "better" world?
I'm sure some would embrace such a reality with relish... and I am probably dating myself as ancient by even questioning its veracity.
But hey, I am getting older!
This evening, Mrs. Denmarkguy and I are both working on our creative projects, neither of which have anything to do with computers or technology... I am just taking a short break to put together a blog post, before getting back to it.
It seems like physical hobbies are also getting scarcer; fewer and fewer people actually have hobbies, although some of that decline might be attributed to our ever-increasingly work loads and work hours.
Personally, I really enjoy my totally analog hobbies!
And with that said, I think I'll get back to them. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Friday!
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Created at 2023-02-02 23:45 PST