Today we live in a world of instant communication. This is not a revolutionary observation or anything, but sometimes i forget that this is not the way it always was. I have grown up with email, texting and Facebook...all of these things are abnormal and confusing to my parents. And i began to think how odd i would consider someone my age to be if they did not have a cell phone or an email address...but where is it written as law that we all must?
I sometimes wonder what will be the consequences of instant communication will be, of always being on an electronic leash of sorts. There is something tragic in the loss of older forms of communication: telegraph, carrier pigeons, pony express...even the standard letter writing. But then again I am an old-fashioned soul, so maybe i am the only one mourning the loss while everyone else is rejoicing in the progress to electronic communication. In fact I still stubbornly maintain snail-mail communication simply because I think it more exciting to get something in the mail box than in the Inbox.
However, this is not to say that I don't utilize and enjoy the instantaneous methods of communication. I spend way more time on Facebook than I should and it has truly allowed me to stay in touch with people and to know people better than I would have otherwise. This seems strange to say, but I think online personal pages like Facebook do allow people to know each other better, as long as it is used with face-to-face communication and conversation as well.
With all the methods we already have, what could possibly come next? We already have a way to talk at any moment (cell phone) and to write at any moment (texting, chatting, email, etc.), so where could 'progress' lead now? Are personal Marauder's Maps* a possibility, so that we will know the whereabout of anyone at all times? Whose to say where the limits will be drawn. As for me, while a Facebook junkie, I'm still buying stamps and and putting pen to paper for post.
*for all of you who don't know what I am talking about when i say "Marauder's Maps", that little reference just revealed me to be the unashamed Harry Potter fan i am