Monday, July 18, 2011

Paradox of Communication

The article refers to the increased communication possibilities in modern times, with the advent of social networking sites like Facebook. Moreover, I am not going to speak on the issue of security as usually cited as the main criticism of this field.

One recess in my 8th class, I was discussing with a friend what it would feel like if many years down the line after separating we were to meet one day. We envisaged remembering the past days, and laughing at them while updating each other with the life spent in these years.

However 2 years later, we had gone our separate ways in different schools- devoted to our entrance examinations and made new social circles. Meanwhile, the boom of social networks was also being felt as it became easier for people to stay in touch. Few years later, we actually met after a long time but guess what- nothing was as we had thought earlier. First thing said was “You have stopped remembering me (bhai aap to bhul hi gaye humein)”, but the response was reciprocated since the lack of communication had been mutual. Then the realization that communication had become so easier, and it wasn’t the lack of means which served as a hindrance to ‘stay in touch’. Thus rather than a casual atmosphere, to begin with there was an uncomfortable atmosphere. The conversation didn’t last long somehow, both parties weighed down by the guilt of not having utilized the easy communication modes to retain the cordial friendship we had then.

Simply putting, I feel it is the natural way of life to dynamically keep changing our social circles with respect to current environment. It is very comforting if in these scenarios a friend from older times meets after a long time, and we share memories and all that. But with the increased communication although thousands of opportunities open up to stay connected, the opportunity to meet after a long time, get updated and share memories without guilt of not having interacted perishes.

3 comments:

Reema Kunvrani said...

I think that increasing means of communications does not let you make easy excuses. But there are many relations in our life based on lies, excuses and prejudices. May be it is bad to have any relation on that basis, but it is better than not having any relation to lose...

Reema Kunvrani said...

I think that increasing means of communications does not let you make easy excuses. But there are many relations in our life based on lies, excuses and prejudices. May be it is bad to have any relation on that basis, but it is better than not having any relation to lose...

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

Yeah true... Overall, the social network revolution is for the good, but just was thinking about this point of losing the luxury to lie :)

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