Distance in Vibrations
Technology allows us to keep our distant friends at our hip. Reduced to vibrations and beeps, the people we need to know but safely can avoid become subjects for our cell phones. We avoid these certain people by leaving them to voice mail, reducing them to texts and leaving our interactions with them to times of maximum convenience. Maybe we never answer their call, choosing instead to leave them to the dark recesses of our voice mail boxes they may linger there for days or weeks or months.
Technology is often cited as a delicious answer to contemporary society’s quandary of isolation. Yes, we can connect with distant friends and relatives. No longer can geography hinder our ability to speak to those we love. Our boundaries have been broken and we’re always there, always ready and capable of taking a call or making contact. Herein lies the flip side; though, with greater access comes the need for greater filters. Though we can connect at anytime we rarely want to. Inherently individualistic we cannot be everything to everyone all the time. Each of us reaches a point where privacy is the greatest asset and receding into lonesome desolation a paradise. Technology serves us here by buffeting our boundaries. Turn away the calls and texts, block for me, dear cell phone, the voices and minds that claim to need me now. For some this is blessing, but for others this ability to break away is scary and impossible. To those unable to leave the phone behind or who are forever linked to their device we can only wonder.
For some, technologies greatest gift is the ability to connect at anytime. For others this is less true and technology works as filter from the outside world: I am here but where I want to be. Yes, you can reach me if you want but I’m still hidden here, behind this plastic which allows me greater access but, by virtue of my choice, the blissful bubble of device enabled privacy.