Are today’s children fading into cyber space?

Contemplating on today’s world, it is safe to say that we are entering a new era of existence.  But, would you say we are getting closer to each other?   Or are drifting away from each other?  I have children of my own, and I am worried about them disappearing into “cyberspace world.”

When I was a child, playing outside with my friends, meeting them at the local park, and calling them on the phone were typical things to do.  Now what our children do is go into Facebook, Twitter, Skype, or whatever social digital network they use.  Using the house phone is almost obsolete, since our children perceive texting as the way to communicate through the distance.  What happened to talking face to face with your friends?  What happened to “let’s meet a the park, or the basketball court, or the beach?  What happened to “Hey, wanna play at the playground?”

Today’s children usually perceive the Wii and other video game system as the best way to have fun and do exercise.  What happened to riding the bike, the skateboard, playing “tag you’re it”, and other fun and active games we used to play decades ago?  And when traveling long distances with parents, children used to simply listen to the car radio, maybe play some small board games like cards or Uno, or simply look outside the window.  Today’s children bring their DSI or watch a movie that their parents bought for them in the car so that they be quiet and don’t bother them with “are we there yet?” or “I am hungry/tired/thirsty/etc?”.

If you have children and are worried like I am, I guess what we are to do is turn off the computer

, put away the DSI, the Wii, Playstation, or whatever they have as electronic entertainment, and make the effort to spend some one-on-one time with our children.  Don’t you think?  Or are we too busy with our own cyber friends in Facebook and Twitter?  Are we too worried about the news at CNN.com or Newsweek.com.?  Maybe we are too preoccupied with who is going to be the next American Idol, or American President, instead of who our children are turning into?  Are we spending too much time on the cell phones talking to our adults friends or doing some extra work on the computer before tomorrow’s big meeting at our jobs?  Are we too enmeshed in our own cyber worlds  that we don’t realize that our children are fading away into cyber space themselves?

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Fakebook

fakebookFirst, let me apologize to all the Facebook fans and addicts out there.  What am I apologizing for?  Well, simply for what you are about to read.  I have been tempted to re-activate my Facebook account a few times, after canceling my account four months ago.  Some friends have asked me to go back.  The reason for my discontinuation of this ridiculous “social” website was the waste of time.  Up to this point, when I let people know I don’t have a facebook account anymore, they act surprised, because they simply  did not know.  And this actually proves my point.  My Facebook “friends” don’t even notice when I cancel this useless social website account, which tells me they have not really paid attention to my absence.  People “friend” so many people, that they lose track of who comes or goes.  I became addicted to Facebook when I started about two years ago.  But as months passed, I found myself going there to find useless information about people I really did not care about.  I started feeling like I would visit to just get out with the same feeling of emptiness. I did find some old friends, and learned a lot about their current lives, but when I really started analyzing this whole “facebook friends” deal, thinking outside the box, I realized that it really is a superficial, self-serving, and lazy way of “socializing with friends”.  It is truly a means to serve ourselves, not about communicating and bonding with people in a genuine relationship.  This is my position:  if people really want to know about me, they need to call me.  If they really want to see how I am doing, they need to visit me.  If I want to know about my friends, I will call or visit them also.  I will make the effort to go out in the community, physically, and commute.  At least send them a letter or text, with the intention of meeting. I am not a social person by nature, but if I were, I would make the attempt. As a matter of fact, I take it back.  I don’t apologize for what I am writing, because I don’t really think I am offending anyone, but simply stating my honest opinion about the detrimental website called Facebook.  You don’t have to “Like” this post or “friend” me.  But you are more than welcome to comment. 🙂  Goodbye, my friend.