Last week, Facebook was down for all of 27 minutes for pretty much the entire world. Ironically, the same massive pool of people who despise Facebook sent out a collective shriek via other channels (yay, Twitter) at the outage.
The impact this momentary event had on all of our lives is in fact unsettling and speaks to the greater issues. We can’t eat without snapping a pic of our meal, or pulling up the recipe for said meal via some electronic device, or perhaps looking up reviews via a cool app.
It’s terrifying how connected to our device(s) we are—and though it may seem really odd coming from Brokaw’s resident social media nerd, I have to confess I HATE IT.
Don’t get me wrong—I love finding creative, effective ways to use social whosits and digital whatsits, but in the immortal words of Charles Dickens: “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”
So next time Facebook goes down—walk around the office or outside, talk to people in person (like eye to eye, not cursor to cursor). If you’re in CLE, check out some super friendly sporty action at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland August 9-17.
And most of all, never forget that true connectivity does not come with a plug!