Social media so antisocial
A FEW years ago, evenings in the Sake family went something like this:
Mrs Sake and I cleaned up the kitchen chaos and terrified the children to sleep with the Three Little Pigs or something similar before we had no option but to sit on the sofa together, or at least share the same room.
Things would fall into their easy pattern – Mrs Sake adding a running commentary through Newsnight and me saying "I wouldn't have done that" through Grand Designs or Bling My Country House, or whatever it is.
And, on the odd occasion, when I felt the need to converse with a non-family member I would have to extricate myself from the sofa and spend the hard-earned on ale at The Black Sheep or similar hostelry.
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Now, hurrah, all that is in the past.
We're wifi-ed up to the hilt and, laptop perched on the breakfast bar and with a little something in a glass at hand, my evening is complete.
With my 31 'friends', who says I'm being anti-social?
My daughter, for who the Three Little Pigs phase is but ancient history, thinks 31 friends is equivalent to living in cyber Coventry. She's got a gang of 471 to keep her company.
And Mrs Sake has her smart phone which appears to offer her conviviality.
Although I can't be certain as we don't share the sofa any more and she's retreated to some distant corner. I can only surmise, from her occassional facebook messages 'cup of T?' etc.
Yes, this brave new world of connection!
"Where will this lead?" asked Mrs Sake the other morning. Not sure.
But I do know I no longer have to be sociable to be sociable.
No longer do I have to move, or talk, or walk, in order to 'like' or 'share'.