So Long, Farewell
Yeah. That's why I'm taking a break. Potentially a long one. And, honestly, I think I can do it. More honestly, I think I NEED to do it. So I removed the Facebook link from my bookmarks and deleted the app from my iPod. There. I did it. Again, for the third time.
I work for a non-profit organization that identifies trends relating to seniors and the changing boomer demographic that will have a huge impact on society over the next 15 years. One of the frightening aspects of an aging population is related to isolation - seniors are becoming more isolated as a result of a number of factors that include the desire to "age in place" along with dwindling family support, etc.
I know families that actually text their children when dinner's ready! Convenient? Yes. Less strain on the vocal chords. Of course. Ridiculous?! Absolutely. If we are too busy to communicate in person with people living in the same space then I believe our society is in big trouble.
The irony is that I, myself, might become the one who is isolated simply because I'm not on Facebook. I know that doesn't make much sense but if I need a smartphone to communicate, and if people don't want to communicate the old fashioned way, then I might be on my own.
At this point I'm willing to take that risk.