It’s like that house guest you were so excited to have over until you realized he/she moved in permanently. With technology came responsibilities. Responsibilities and Log-ins, passwords, e-invitations, updates, and expectations.
No many how many profiles I create, I am still chained to a keyboard for the rest of my life. “I haven’t checked my email in a few days” is no longer an acceptable excuse for not responding to someone. Being away from the pc is just plain irresponsible. The computer I once ran to in excitement is still back in 1996 with AOL chat rooms. Now the internet is abused.
My boss can pester me all day from the comfort of his corner office. And he does. Questions will be asked. Responses required. People will be carbon copyed (cc’d), possibly bcc’d (blind carbon-copied, a sneakier form of cc’ing), and it will all be on record available for reference, time-stamped and dated. Accountability. Responsibility. Hell.
It wasn’t until last week that I tried a little program called Skype. Have you heard of it? hmmmm. It’s been out a while, or so I hear. It was included on my netbook, along with a built-in mic and webcam. I created an account, talked my friend who told me she had an account into meeting me for a “video chat.” I’ll say this: video chatting is almost like ‘hanging out.’ I had to step off-camera several times to collect myself. The excitement was unbearable.
I’ll also say: it is wierd having ‘momentary silences’ while staring at someone. Pausing during a phone conversation is much easier. Also, the little window box on the bottom left-hand side of the screen with the video view of myself and what I look like to the person sitting on the other side was a bit disconcerting at first. Is this what I’d look like on tv? My boring ‘phone persona’ wasn’t hacking it. Yet I felt the need to be more animated than I would in person too. Non-verbal communication is key. Academy Award-Winning Performance ensues.
All in all: AWESOME.
Technology has its high points. It’s the permanent house guest who keeps you in touch with old friends and doesnt eat your food.