There were times when people had little connections. After family, neighbors and friends, very few people had contact with old friends or distant colleagues. Modes of communication were few and not many persons were diligent enough to write a letter or make a trunk call to keep a relation alive.
In today’s world we have what I call plethora of connections. There are mobile phones, sms and messenger applications to keep you connected. There are email, Facebook, Twitter, chat, skype and many others. When I open my mail, I see many green dots telling me who is online.
But technology cannot replace humans. Will to speak or converse is different.
A dot cannot open an interaction on its own. Its mere signal. It tells you something. You have a choice to pay attention or look other way.
So the number of dots on my screen cannot convey how many people are there I wish to talk to. It shows numbers of connection my machine has made with others. A machine connecting with another machine.
Earlier we had few connections but they were more meaningful and we could identify our lives and patterns of living with them. Many a things and many a feelings were exchanged between the people. People looked forward to meet and greet each other.
Scenes have changed now. More we seem connected; lesser we seek to meet each other. Many so called friends in the virtual worlds do not have meaning beyond the profile photo and green dot.
The technology has done its part. It has nullified the distances and connected people in spite of distances.
But will to really connect with each other has reduced.
There are many dots on my computer which are green at this moment. I hardly have time or wish to connect.
I know it would be same on your laptop or mobile screen.