Jennifer graduated from university in 2004 and quickly discovered how hard it is to find new and close friends. In past days she sometimes connected with colleagues Michelle and David after work, but most of her former classmates live out of state or country so she depends on Facetime and Skype to stay in touch with them.
Not long after her 10-year marriage to prescription addict Christopher , Jennifer decided to move away from familiar settings and settle down in a major urban area in an effort to change her environment and expand her group of friends. Despite the Meet Up groups and Eventbrite happenings, she never seemed to connect with anyone so she turned back to her former crew via her newest #iphone.
Jennifer did luck up and find the digital marketing job of her dreams, and she was given the opportunity to telecommute, attending meetings and training using conferencing apps like Zoom. Jennifer felt this job came at the perfect time seeing that she did not feel like applying a full face of makeup most days, especially after her recent divorce.
After hearing about a growing number of school and church shootings, Jennifer was happy to do online worship, as well as psychology classes on the web and found she could easily send monetary gifts and payments via PayPal.
She lived alone with her cat Sally, so she’d order their food, her jammies and toiletries through online stores, but after the vet stopped by for a house call one day, and mentioned that a new super store was being raised a couple of miles away, Jennifer realized she hadn’t left her house in two months…
The New Age has Arrived and Brings a Bit More than We Imagined.
We expected to shift into the Age of Aquarius in a collective energy of community, cooperation and togetherness, but with the onslaught of mindless killings and meaningless physical relationships, many have taken advantage of cost and fuel-saving work-from-home options, and their feet haven’t seen real shoes for months. The only thing unbound in their lives right now are their toes.
Modern inventions, to include the internet, podcasting, social media, online stores, web church, etc., are absolutely awesome, but then we put it all together and found out it equals a big fat ‘never leave home’.
There’s Nothing Wrong with the New Age of Hermits, But What Do You Do If You Miss the Personal Touch?
Everyone knows that online dating is not all it’s cracked up to be, but gone are the days, pretty much, where one runs into the random stranger and proceeds to a local bar….the guy or girl could drop something in your drink, leaving you to wake up naked in an alley for God’s sake!
There’s still safety in numbers, and actual classrooms vs cloud learning continue to be an option, along with cultural groups and other unions that require background checks that bring together like-minded individuals who are interested in similar past-times. Some people will even bite the bullet and use a more selective and expensive human-managed hook up service which requires safety checks and balances, and it may be worth the money expended on such a venture.
There are quite a few of you who have found yourselves in the same predicament as Jennifer as you trudge through this fast-becoming, nontraditional journey called life. Things have changed,yet no two journeys are alike.
Creatives have collectively been extremely ingenious about developing innovative conveniences that so many enjoy. Perhaps it is time to be just as creative about delivering ourselves out of this mistakenly, self-imposed, and growing hermit society.
We need to ask ourselves some questions:
- Would internet censorship prevent mentally unstable individuals from getting ideas about harming others?
- Is it necessary for American to know everything that is happening in each city and nation or is it too much? Do we trust censorship?
- What in the hell is happening with supposed gun control laws that are already in existence?
- Is online shopping contributing to an antisocial society, and should the online giants invest money in purposeful, locally run, fresh food markets that neighbors can walk to, and that have areas for socializing? (Caviat: I love online stores, but I need to ask the questions.)
Just some things to think about.