If you read no other article on the internet today, if you follow no other link, I hope you will consider following this link and reading this article:http://www.cracked.com/article_15231_7-reasons-21st-century-making-you-miserable.html( Posting the contents, sans pictures, here for posterity, because links die. )
I won't say I agree 100% with 100% of the article, but I think a lot of it is right on the money. I'm blessed that many of my real world friendships have carried over into cyberspace, and vice versa, but I also know a few people whose only form of social interaction is on-line, and that is frightening and sad.
There were many advantages and drawbacks to being a military brat. One advantage is that I got very good at making friends in new places very quickly, because we moved so often, but the drawback is that I never got very good at maintaining friendships. I'm a lousy, lazy correspondent and have in the past let friendships die rather than expend the effort to keep them alive. It's one of the things I like least about myself and one of the things I'm continually working on. It is easier now, with a blog, where I can communicate to a mass of friends all at once, but it also means I very rarely get around to answering messages or e-mails, and that sucks. I'm sure I'd have a chance at deeper, more meaningful relationships if I returned correspondence with any sort of regularity. Must continue working on that.