One Christmas, I remember my mother had enrolled my twin sister and I into a pen pal program. We were very excited. My pen pal lived in a country called New Zealand, a faraway place I’d never heard about until that day. I must have been in third or fourth grade, I can’t remember now. Unfortunately, I can’t even remember my pen pals’ name but I remember how I enjoyed writing to her and telling her things about Michigan and she would tell me things about New Zealand. About a year later, we stopped writing to each other and I haven’t talked to her since.
Even though I’d never seen her, we were connected over the great distance through letter writing. Each letter meant we took time out our days to spend maybe a few minutes and then have Mom or Dad post the letter and then eagerly wait to receive a response back.
In today’s world, we don’t have to wait to get a response. In fact, in our world, we tend to want an instant reaction. After all, we’re plugged into our technology with phones, mobile devices, computers, and who knows what else in the coming years. Social media acts as the place to connect.
Or are we really as connected as we seem? What’s the problem with being plugged and wired when it seems as if people are growing further apart? Family text each other in the same house, friends won’t call but will chat on a social media outlet? Most people are glued to the phones and won’t say hello to a passing stranger. So, are we really better off?
Join me as we talk about this topic with Maddy Lederman, author of Edna in the Desert. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or you can download the WLUV Radio mobile app. Any way you can, join us