The man sat on the bench and greeted someone who was sitting at the bus stop, and he grunted "Hello" back. In an effort to be social, the first man continued to talk. However the other man had his iPod on, and, pointing to the buds in his ears, shook his head, expressing no desire to continue the conversation. Seems as if the iPod man was not up for being social. Was he iSolated? You see people walking down the street, all plugged into something. Connected, yes, but to what? Some digital drum and bass? Cyberspace? The human race?
Mankind was created to be a social creature. According to Webster's Dictionary, social means "living together in community." Are we still social creatures, or are we evolving from human beings into something else? iBeings maybe? A new culture is emerging: iCulture.
The Internet has exploded and is used by over one third of the earth's population. Many go home at night to empty homes and get online to connect with "friends" out in Cyberspace. Their computer room becomes a safe hideaway, or even a stage where they get to be the "virtual" iStar they always wanted to be. Blogs are used to talk about things that people are too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about in real life, or just to say, "Look at me! Aren't iGreat?"
Never before has it been possible to communicate instantly with people anywhere on the globe, yet never before have people been so alienated from one another. So-called "Social Networking" merely fosters virtual relationships devoid of accountability, true love, and human warmth. And it's so easy for parents to put a PlayStation into the hands of their children rather than turning their hearts and eyes to fill their children's hungry souls.
We are learning that people need people — heart-to-heart contact, lasting friendships, and true forgiveness. We are finding that the more time we spend together, the more fulfilled we become! Sound like fantasy? Read on and learn about our new weCulture.