Connecting with friends just isn’t the same as it used to be. Everything is online now. Everyone is connecting with people on social networks.
I would love to go back to how it was for me in 5th grade, right before I had Internet at home. This is when I would ask my friends during school what they were doing for the weekend. This is when I would call the boy I sat next to in class to see which one of my friends he had a crush on. This is when I would pass notes back and forth in class, instead of IM’ing.
Now so many people hide behind their computer screen. Conversations aren’t as personable. They’re not as meaningful. People may plaster their text windows full of emoticons, but it’s nothing compared to a real smile or a real hug. How many people type “LOL” and aren’t laughing? I’ve seen people do it a million times. How many times have you misinterpreted an IM that your friend sent because you missed out on nonverbal cues?
Social networks are a way to stay connected, but if you can afford a phone call and/or a ride, why are you online?