“If you don’t know the kind of person I am,
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong God home we may miss our star.”
First stanza from William Stafford’s poem “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”
This week I am going to do a series of blogs on the pros and cons of technology and social media and the themes of connection, relationship, reflection, community, humanity and leadership.
In The New York Time Magazine, May 22, 2011, Bill Keller, the executive editor of the Times, writes about “The Twitter Trap.”
He begins his article by writing the following, “Last week my wife and I told our 13-year old daughter she could join Facebook. Within a few hours she had accumulated 171 friends, and I felt a little as if I had passed my child a pipe of crystal meth.”
Now what? How will the girl manage responding to her ‘friend’s’ requests and writing on their walls, and the other demands that come with joining Facebook?
The time to respond will have to come from something. She can’t add hours to her day. What will she give up? Sleeping time? In person, face to face time with family and real friends?
Clearly, there can be a downside to innovation and technology. As former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright says in the foreword to Leading from Within, “it is possible that we are all so busy using time-saving devices (or social media – my insertion) that we don’t have time to do anything meaningful.”
What really matters to you? After the personal strivings, ambitions, pursuits of this and that, at the end of the day doesn’t it all come down to a few things: one being the depth of our friendships — real ones — people who love us?
Image: Alex E Proimos