Friends At Our Fingertips

First off, I think I deserve a prize for that brilliant title.

Okay, so this past weekend I had the chance to get back down to Toronto to visit my fellow blogger Liz and other friends before they begin exams. It seems like the first comment I make is how it feels like absolutely nothing has changed. I’ve been home since December, but it feels like I’ve been gone for just a week. A lot of this can be attributed to the strong friendships I built, but I have to give credit where it is deserved.

Before I tell you what I mean, I have a short story for you. About a week ago I received a Facebook message from a friend I hadn’t seen or spoken with for more than 11 years. Our parents were (and still are) good friends so we got to know each other very well when we were young, but then all of a sudden we just stopped seeing each other. Anyway, my friend was messaging me because her mother had told her that I was studying at Lakehead University for teaching. Not quite sure where she got that information, but whatever. That message then turned into a 6 hour conversation online.

What I’m getting at is that the idea of technology has become such an everyday thing that we don’t realize how truly powerful its influence on our lives can be. Without the invention of the internet or cell phones and other similar technologies, my life would be much different than it currently is. Going away to school would have been that much more difficult because I would have lost connections with my friends in Ottawa, the ones who went off to the Maritimes and elsewhere. Even if I’m 6 hours away or in a completely different province, I can still maintain the relationships I’ve built and when we’re all finally reunited (and it feels so good! it will feel like it hasn’t actually been months since I’ve seen them.

On my most recent adventure in Toronto I met some great new people as well, and without Facebook or Skype or my cell phone, these encounters probably wouldn’t mean very much. But with the technology I have at my disposal, instead of just dismissing them as purely acquaintances, I can get to know them as I might if we were talking together in the same room.

Anyway, I just wanted to take the time to comment on how fortunate we are to have this amazing connectivity. Without it, college and university experiences would be extremely different than what we’ve been writing about these past 7 months, and that would be a shame. Anyway, you should probably be studying right now. Or doing work or something. Which we all know is code for goofing off on Facebook. See what I mean? Isn’t the internet wonderful?

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