Analog Girl in a Digital World?
Whether the internet boom came well after you had entered adulthood or you know no other way of living, you can’t deny that the internet has changed virtually every level of our communication. While it can be a little nerve racking as we watch ourselves being swept away in the digital divide, it’s just better if we ride with the tide, checking our position every so often to ensure that we haven’t drifted to far from the analog shore. From our conversations, to our dating habits technology is affecting us. If you don’t believe me, see if you find yourself in any of these scenarios below…
1. Phone conversations are becoming increasingly difficult. They’re now reserved only for those who hold a special place in your heart; all other unrecognized numbers will be screened.
2. Winking — ok for the internet… creepy in real life
3. “Lol” no longer means laugh out loud? It’s now serves as punctuation or a means to let someone know your rude remark was not to be taken 100 percent seriously.
4. You spend 30 minutes trying to figure out a random new acronym. Finally you break down and ask a trusted friend so as not to seem out of the loop.
5. If you can’t find it online, it’s not a credible business.
6. A location without an internet connection is officially deemed uncivilized.
7. You feel a little dejected when no one “likes” your Facebook status or recent post. OR you smile inside when 10 people do “like” your Facebook status.
8. You went to YouTube to watch one 2 minute video and an hour later you realize it’s time to get back to work.
9. You check the online forum you commented on every ten minutes – to see if anyone has responded to, agreed with or insulted you.
10. You once swore off online dating but every year it becomes more and more appealing…
Any more? What types of internet behavior do you notice in yourself and others.