Is the world about to fall into what I’m calling “small world syndrome”?
What do I mean? Well isn’t is amazing that now with the birth and development of the Internet and all the applications and ways of connecting how many people are meeting other people who they would NEVER have possibly meet before.
It is almost becoming common-place! When you ask the question: “Where did you meet?” More often than not, the reply is “Oh! on the Internet!”
And we do take this now as common place. But it is amazing!! Literally it is possible now to meet anyone in the world – as long as they have a gadget that connects to the internet and an internet connection.
If you are as old as me (54 at the time of writing) you will remember the beginnings of TV. Not everyone had it, but lots did and conversations would often turn to “what did you watch last night?” TV gave people who had it access to information that they otherwise would not have had so readily. Newspapers and libraries where the place to go for current information. TV opened up the world to the world. And for the first time it was possible to see what was happening in the rest of the world. This made the world smaller.
It took my ancestors nearly 5 months to get to the New World. I met my partner who lives in the US (I’m in the UK) in the space of a second, when she found me on iChat and had the cheek just to ring me!! We live 3333 miles away from each other yet we “see” each other everyday, sometimes for hours!!
So, why am I writing this post: well today I met someone new over the internet and as often happens we fell into conversation and spent ages just chatting to each other, finding out who each other was and what we had in common. (And btw she has just started a great blog about internet biz and you can find it here)
I’m stuck at just how incredible these connections are. No way would I have met the numerous amount of people who I have become friends with and very much bonded with, if it was not for the Net. Some over Skype, some on iChat, some on Facebook (yes that dreaded place that is the love or hate of nearly everyone on the Net at the moment!!) and some others on Forums of mutual interest.
Meeting people from other places has also expanded my physical horizons…. pre internet I hadn’t really travelled very much, and now I have travelled to the US, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Israel to actually meet people face to face. I’ve loved it!! Totally expanded my world.
Which brings me back to “Small World Syndrome” Where is this all going to go? Actually my personal opinion is that this is revolutionary stuff….. we are all getting to know more about each other, we are meeting people from different countries, we are mingling in different cultures… we are all getting to know each other much more. And I KNOW like I know that I know (lol) that as we learn about each other and our different cultures we will find that behind the “mask” of country identity ie I’m British, I’m American, I’m Polish, I’m Arab, Irish etc and the seeming culture, political and religious differences that there are, guess what,………… behind the labels ………. is a LOVELY HUMAN BEING!
So, to you, the lovely human being who is reading this, whoever you are, wherever you are from, I wish you the very very best in your life.
oh and btw…. if you have the inclination… leave me a comment and tell me what you think!!