It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized I haven’t had a decent verbal conversation in two weeks, not since the weekend spent watching back to back episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Connor Chronicles with a charming liaison; and that was a fortnight ago.
Since then, whatever conversation I have had falls solely within the realm of the net, relying instead on emails and instant messaging to convey important matters and those light hearted “how you doing” conversations. I can’t help but think that while my unexpected isolation begets my imposed silence, so has technology found its way as the cruel ironic solution to my plight.
I can only imagine how a deaf mute must feel in this position, gaining the freedom of communication at the touch of their fingertips while living in a world of silence. Technology at least gives hope to those impaired by a twist of fate. Yet what of those of us that rely on it too much for our daily lives? Forfeiting the parts of living we take for granted because it can so easily be compensated by the marvels of our own time.
While technology was meant to make our lives easier, I doubt any one of us could have expected that it would take away or redefine parts of our life worth living for. It has become our indispensable companion, a partner we sleep with more than the human beings that we forget bring warmth to our lives in so many ways. I for one an guilty of this technological infatuation, proving it with the ability to cope without actual human contact in return for a digital representative.
It is sad though that in realizing this isolation, I choose not to do anything about. Partly because there is nothing I can do about it, partly because my contentment and curiosity for the situation far outweighs my desire to do something about it. But it’s not like I’ve lost the appreciation for the company of someone who can ease my mind off things, its just that we all have our things to do and I’m using technology as an excuse to distract me otherwise. Until I realize I’m beginning to lose my ability to sing.
Now I am really in trouble.