A few days ago, I was in line at the check out, waiting my turn to unload my cart, when my eyes wandered over the many, many tabloids and what passes for investigative magazines. Incredibly, I had not heard of most of the people that grace the glossy covers. Ok, maybe not incredibly since I am a hostage to the Cartoon Network.
If it’s not animated, I don’t know about it.
But I had to stop and stare to read one magazine cover, twice.
This made me a bit sad. I remember when we first moved to the US, being a new kid in school, and how every kid in my class came up to me to greet me, be it with “Hey, you’re new here?” or “My name is Amy and you can be my friend” or a few kids saying “Watch this!” It wasn’t hard to meet new kids. As I grew older it was more subtle, but it was still relatively easy to meet people. College made an art of it, what with “mixers” and frat parties and ice cream runs.
But I don’t remember having to read about how to make friends. Yes, I recall a book along those lines. But my issue here is how disconnected we have become from the physical and how connected we are in the technological. I admit to having plenty of online friends, met through the magic of the internet. And I am grateful for each and every one of them. But it’s a sad state when someone feels the need to publish a guide on social interactions that we should still remember from Kindergarten.
Always remember: it matters not how awkward or how smooth the path is to making a new friend. What matters is getting there 🙂
July 14th, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Real life? Is that a “Thing”?
July 14th, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Yes! I was just outside!! 😀
July 14th, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Maybe it is a good sign. Look how long we’ve gone where no one really even recognized or lamented the loss.
July 14th, 2013 at 11:16 AM
I have lamented it. Of course, some people have made me regret it, too 😉
July 14th, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Reality: there’s an App for that.
Best place to meet friends was always during crafts-time. Yup…pull up a pillow, kick back and eat paste with fun and interesting folks. Good times…good times.
July 14th, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Worked for me 😀
July 14th, 2013 at 3:24 PM
being a former Army brat, I think it was easier growing up making friends because we all were “new” to a post at one time, and as that friend left, others replaced them.
July 14th, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I had a similar experience, since my mom was a teacher and we moved to where the job was. Then came our move here, and redistricting schools kept me moving from one to another almost every year.
And now my kids are military brats, and love that adventure 🙂
July 15th, 2013 at 7:44 AM
A truly sad commentary on how far society has disintegrated. Technology has brought me a lot of new friends too but there is nothing like in person interaction…..
July 15th, 2013 at 9:30 AM
Indeed, and though you and I haven’t formally met, I am sure it will be awesome when we do 😀
July 15th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
RealLife? Is that the newest, latest, greatest social networking site? Surely the rag wasn’t talking about actually interacting face to face, person to person with someone else. Don’t they know you can get cooties that way? And, I’m sure that somewhere in the Obamacare bill, cooties will not be a covered treatment. 😀
July 15th, 2013 at 9:30 AM
July 15th, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I remember how to interact. I just can’t find anyone to interact with except for imaginary internet friends. 🙂
July 16th, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Hey, we interacted in real life, so that counts 😀