I am a notorious technophobe and if somebody had told me a year ago that I would be creating my very own blog, I would have considered them mad. Yet here I am today, writing yet another entry for my newly created blog. To be quite honest, until a few months ago, I wasn’t even really sure what exactly a blog was. As I am beginning to learn the ropes of blogging and twitter, I can see why the world has become obsessed with it. It is an incredible tool to link people and ideas, who and which would never have otherwise been collaborated or linked. It is amazing to think that people from Mexico, Oz or anywhere really are able to follow my opinions here in Scotland.
Whilst I was trying to learn the ropes of how to create a website, I put out a question to the bloggers of the world. If I was being honest, I didn’t really expect a reply, but within 24 hours, I received the answers to my questions (and they were very useful indeed). That made me think how wonderful the human race really is. How people are coming together from all over the world to help one another. The flip side to this is of course that we may be relying too much on technology and therefore losing the ability to talk to each other face to face? Should I fall flat on my face crossing the road, would people come over to help me, or would they assume I was a drunken weirdo and continue to walk? The anonymity that the net offers is a wonderful shield to hide beneath, and cyber bullying is something we all hear about. Another point to consider is that it is not all too uncommon for people to be texting, tweeting or checking e-mails at the dinner table. Surely, that is a time when we should be talking to each other, face to face?
I am very fortunate that I have lovely neighbours, who have become great friends. But how many people these days even know the name of their next door neighbour? I have heard of families, who are now communicating with each other via the likes of facebook, in their very own house! Surely, this has got to have a detrimental effect on the social skills of mankind.
On the other hand, now that I have discovered the fascinating world of cyperspace, I don’t think I will go back. It is remarkable to follow people that I find inspirational on twitter (even if at first I found it a little bit stalkerish). We are now able to put out a version of ourselves to the world at large, and hope that people can relate to it. I just hope we are not becoming to reliant on the need for people to “like” or reassure our every move. So in conclusion, now that I have opened the doors to blogging, twitter and forums, I don’t think I can close them again. But like everything in life, it is all about balance, and I still want to have dinner with my friends in person and have a phone free evening.