In my continuing series on the evils of electronic communications . . .
Okay, I kid. Sort of.
In all seriousness, this is a topic worth discussing and exploring. Now that the internet has been in exploded mode for a dozen or so years, and just about everybody has a cell phone, an email account, and a Facebook account, it’s become pretty common (methinks . . .) for men and women – who would never have crossed paths were it not for the internet – to develop electronic relationships. Platonic relationships to be sure (although no doubt a percentage of them become something unplatonic), but relationships nonetheless. This raises a few questions:
~ How meaningful do you actually consider your strictly online relationships to be?
~ Is it weird or somehow inappropriate to have a strictly electronic relationship with someone of the opposite sex? Is this a relationship you would engage in if you had access to this person in the flesh? Or is the friendship only there because it’s electronic and therefore safe?
~ How do/should these online friendships – specifically with people of the opposite sex – impact your real life marriage/romantic relationship? Does your spouse/partner know about your online friendships with people of the opposite sex? How do they feel about it?
Just like allowing our kids to delve into the world of electronica is something we are the first generation to be faced with, so, too, are we the first generation to be faced with our own online communications and relationships and how they impact our real lives.
So, I’m curious. Share your experiences and thoughts, please.