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Not long ago, the VFTB asked the question: Technology: friend or foe? This story is derived from that one.

Over the past decade and more, the means of communication have changed dramatically through mobile devices and the creation of Email, SMS, Facebook, Face Time, Skype, Zoom, Instagram and everything else that I don’t know. can not understand. We have seen people constantly with phones in their hands or walking down the street as if talking to themselves while wearing headphones and using phones with wireless microphones. We have seen the most popular body parts exercising the most in the world today, being the thumbs, as they seem to get workouts almost non-stop as people start texting and tweeting about a good old phone conversation, or even better, good old fashioned sitting down, face to face, eye contact, dialogue with each other.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been sucked into the world of instant communication as I have sometimes reluctantly learned to email, text, Facebook, Skype, and Zoom, trying to keep up. . -changing world of communication. I’ve also learned from Google, You Tube, and Worldwide Web all of these new and ever-expanding ways of instant communication, shopping, DIY video instructions, sharing family photos, and photos of interest. , finding items for cars, appliances, home decor, home improvement, entertainment, dining, just about anything any of us find interesting, informative, and of course quick and easy.

It’s hard for some to imagine life without all of these changes and snapshots, unless you come from a generation that lived through an era that included face-to-face or landline phone conversation, home consoles. television, thank you letter / card writing, film photography, store shopping, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and theatrical films and productions to name a few.

As good as some changes to these things are, like a lot of things, there have been people who have found ways to make them mean, to hurt people, to use them for their own agendas at the expense of others.

How many have been the subject of endless spam / scam calls regarding car warranties, or being eligible for medical kits that don’t exist? How many received emails saying their accounts needed to be updated and all they had to do was provide information to rectify the problem, having their identity stolen if they did? How many are getting text messages or emails about their bank accounts that they don’t even have? How many have had their Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, credit card accounts, financial information, personal information, hacked, and their credit cards have been depleted and / or their bank accounts have been stolen?

And what about the way people use Facebook? I took to Facebook to have easy contact with my family and friends separated by distance. It’s a way to share what’s going on in our family, to see what’s going on in the lives of my siblings, in-laws, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or d ‘hear what’s going on with former students and athletes I’ve worked with. It’s a great way to stay in touch with former colleagues, officials, classmates, and fans of my favorite teams. It is a way to let alumni know that I am available if they need letters of reference, or by phone, for graduate studies or a job, profession or career. of their choice. (I am never friends with a student until they become a senior in high school, and only for that purpose. After they graduated, it was a wonderful way to see how their life was shaped, with their own family and their own work.)

In a different light, this whole ability to stay in touch with all these people on Facebook, becomes tarnished when I see so many character assassinations on people who donate time, effort, energy, dedication and effort. heart to other people in many arenas, only to become the subjects of some narcissistic people who disparage those who coach or lead children, or volunteer to work with others, and then find themselves the subject of what might be comparable to being a notorious criminal, because their child did not make a team, or did not get most of the playing time, or the team lost more games than the person didn’t think she should have lost any. This also includes people who use their mobile devices for video games in games which could show that an official may be missing a call in a match / match, as well as shouting for said coach / official to be fired from his or her. work, those that the plaintiffs would not want ahead to do.

Facebook also has its share of bullies, bullies, demeaning and bashers in political discussions, sports speeches, on music fan pages, and in judging or blaming people based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion and / or sexual orientation or identity.

So even though technology and social media have made our lives more convenient, they have brought a whole new set of ways to hurt others as well, thus begging the question: is this a blessing or a curse? You decide.

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