I will admit that when I have nothing else going on (which is, you know, about 98% of the time) it’s mildly tempting to find, like, a Tumblr boyfriend or something, but even in just the few times I’ve ever been consistently texting a guy, I’ve hated it. I just want to talk to him and hear his voice and see his facial expressions, and since a huuuge majority of how I communicate is through body language, I never feel quite right texting someone unless I already really know them. Otherwise it’s just… Wrong to me.
I understand that there will be people (vast numbers of people) who meet over the Internet. I just don’t think I’ll ever really be able to do that myself. I mean, it’s great if that works for you, but I just don’t think it’s for me.
And then I look around, at the articles about how much dating is shifting to the Internet (Jezebel), and about the couple who met over Words with Friends of all freaking things (also Jezebel), and I worry that real and true face-to-face communication is dying. Even just the articles about how soon we won’t need physical wallets, because everything will be on our phones (Newsweek) are scary to me. It’s like we’re losing the physical world, bit by bit. An article on Jezebel.com literally started by saying “As we become slowly mentally melded with our computers…” I mean. This is not okay. I can’t be the only one that doesn’t think this okay. This is scary as shit. Especially considering that I’m sitting here, on my iPhone, typing at a mile a minute, with the Internet and my music and Tumblr and Facebook literally at my fingertips. I mean, I never put this thing down. It is almost always within my reach. Really the only “benefit” of it is that I now know a ridiculous amount of trivial shit from Cracked.com and a decent amount of pop culture-y shit from Jezebel. Which really isn’t beneficial at all.
The future scares the shit out of me, basically.