I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about the ways we communicate in this culture of ours.
I can remember sitting in Mr. Omelusik’s computer class in high school and trying to learn MS-DOS. I remember thinking that there was no way computers and I would ever be friends. I would be using my typewriter forever because I simply could not comprehend learning “computer language”. I speak English, thank you very much.
And now, not even 15 years later, using the internet has become a primary way of communicating with the world around me. I enjoy being able to research (and self-diagnose) any and all illnesses that any of the Johnstons come down with. It makes me really happy to be able to go to Target.com and find a store location no matter where in the USA I happen to find myself. I feel like I am doing my part to save the environment by saving envelopes by paying my bills online. I love being able to access almost any information that I need in 20 seconds or less – It’s really amazing, albeit scary, how much is out there in cyberspace.
I also love the social networking of MySpace and Facebook, and I have nothing exactly against the newest phenomenon, Twitter. I appreciate how accessible it has become to keep in touch with people I know all over the world. I enjoy creeping on different people’s pages and seeing pictures of them living their lives. I feel all warm inside when people choose to communicate with me as well.
But there IS something that I am becoming increasingly frustrated by. It is the “Me-ism” that is just hanging over it all.
Is it really necessary for me to stop throughout my day and give “everyone” constant updates on what I am doing? What exactly is the purpose of this? Don’t we all just crave to have people be interested in us? But does anyone really care that I am eating a Big Mac or doing laundry or thinking about such and such? Or am I seeking validation from outside sources to tell me that my life matters, that the mundane is actually witty and worth commenting on? I am all about living our everyday lives in extraordinary ways, living with purpose, on purpose. It’s just that I wonder if all of our status updates and Twittering are giving us a false sense of authentication that we are more important than we actually are.
All I am wondering is, do we really need anything else to help us become even MORE self-absorbed as a society? As individuals? This is clearly not a new problem. It is already in our very natures to believe that the world revolves around us, to think too highly of ourselves. The real issue I have with this is…
Romans 12:3 NIV “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I haven’t updated my status yet today, and I am sure my 603 friends are all wondering what’s going on with me…hmmm….