So, as long as we're talking about relationships, I thought I'd share this rather depressing article
Apparently, people are so addicted to computers and surfing the Net, that they will literally go on dates with their laptops in tow, and communicate via typing. While not talking at all.
In light of this story, I think an IM conversation I had with my friend steve
back in February was frighteningly prescient. Keep in mind while reading that we were both in his condo, just in different rooms--I had spent the night on the couch, prior to heading up to Tahoe
with him and his roommate for a snowboarding weekend:
7:47:49 AM steve: what the?!?!
7:47:55 AM grackyfrogg: haha
7:47:58 AM steve: who is this????
7:48:00 AM grackyfrogg: good morning!
7:48:02 AM grackyfrogg: very funny
7:48:15 AM steve: no way you are up
7:48:32 AM grackyfrogg: oh how weird...i must still be asleep then
7:48:37 AM steve: lol
7:48:42 AM grackyfrogg: :)
7:48:52 AM grackyfrogg: i always get up at 6.30am anyway...so it’s hard to really sleep in
7:49:05 AM steve: i will go make coffee now
7:49:19 AM grackyfrogg: have you been dying for it?
7:49:22 AM grackyfrogg: :)
7:49:23 AM steve: no
7:49:27 AM steve: not yet
7:49:27 AM grackyfrogg: thats good
7:49:34 AM steve: but i havent had to think too much yet
7:49:47 AM steve: just reading emails and news and such
7:49:57 AM grackyfrogg: oh i thought you had a meeting??
7:50:21 AM steve: somehow that wasnt on my calendar when i got up, i think the guy must have cancelled because hes off today
7:50:39 AM grackyfrogg: oh too bad he didnt tell you before!
7:51:16 AM steve: usually they do, im not sure what happened, maybe he did and i just assumed it was this morning as usual
7:51:34 AM grackyfrogg: well come on out and make some coffee
7:51:35 AM grackyfrogg: :)
7:51:43 AM steve: ooooooooookkkkkkkkkk
7:51:51 AM grackyfrogg: lol
7:51:56 AM steve: just think if we were married and we communicated like this
7:51:59 AM steve: IMing
7:52:01 AM grackyfrogg: LOL
7:52:06 AM grackyfrogg: that would be terribly depressing
7:52:08 AM steve: no talking
7:52:17 AM grackyfrogg: what a weird marriage that would be
7:52:22 AM grackyfrogg: i wonder if there are marriages like that!
7:52:23 AM steve: like we would be 4 feet apart
7:52:30 AM grackyfrogg: lol
7:52:33 AM steve: and still IMing
7:52:46 AM grackyfrogg: oh man, its funny to think about...but if it were true, how sad!
7:52:56 AM steve: honey, im sorry about last night.....
7:53:02 AM grackyfrogg: hahahahaha
7:53:09 AM grackyfrogg: or wait, here :(
7:53:11 AM grackyfrogg: :_(
7:53:22 AM grackyfrogg: thats how youd have to express emotion
7:53:25 AM grackyfrogg: with emoticons!
7:53:49 AM steve: hmmm, maybe it wouldnt be so bad....
7:53:53 AM steve: much less drama
7:54:20 AM steve: and you can have fights without waking the kids!!
7:55:29 AM grackyfrogg: how would you ever get around to having kids?
7:55:34 AM grackyfrogg: haha
7:55:43 AM grackyfrogg: the only communication being IM would make that process a little awkward
7:55:45 AM grackyfrogg: i would think
7:56:35 AM steve: invitro
7:56:50 AM grackyfrogg: LOL
7:56:56 AM grackyfrogg: ugh, this just gets worse all the time!
7:57:07 AM steve: one day shes like "hey, i had the baby today"
7:57:31 AM grackyfrogg: and then he goes :O
7:57:34 AM grackyfrogg: and then :)
7:57:39 AM grackyfrogg: and she's like :)
7:57:47 AM steve: the husbands all "oh i thought i heard some noises from the other room, cool!"
7:57:50 AM grackyfrogg: and he goes *hug*
7:57:54 AM grackyfrogg: hahahaha
7:58:08 AM steve: ha
And here I thought we were just joking. Meanwhile, people are actually starting to conduct relationships like this.
I am very non-sanguine about the future. Sigh.