While Nikki and I were out the other day, we stopped by Taco Bell to take care of our son’s lunch request. What I observed while waiting got me thinking about the world I grew up in and the world now. Here is what I observed:
The place wasn’t very busy, I was the only one waiting for an order and there were a few people in there eating. I was in there for about 10 to 15 minutes, and watched five different people four of them in the same age range of late teens early 20s just standing around not talking to each other. Two of them were texting on their cell phones. Since then I have observed this behavior at other places of business.
Has the abundance of cell phones, texting and social media at our finger tips changed the dynamic of what I call friendship circles. When I was in my teens I had school friends, work friends, and neighborhood friends. Some of these friends occupied multiple circles and some I only interacted with at school, work, or around the neighborhood. It seems that now people have a single circle of core friends and don’t need any others, because that core group is right at that their finger tips anytime they want to reach out.
What do you think? Weigh in, I’d love to read your opinions.