• Vernalee

ARE YOU AND YOUR COMPUTER BEST FRIENDS?


By Vernalee

Who is your best friend?

Brace yourself. Your answer will probably not be as long as the far stretching Mississippi River. Alright, I will admit and have been told that sometimes, I can be somewhat dramatic and theatrical. I try to keep my feet on solid ground, but occasionally I’m put to the test .. like when I recently read an anonymously posted comment that brought me down to earth. It went like this: “Basically my computer is always there for me and so is the internet. They are without a doubt my two best friends. I mean I have human friends…but I don’t hang out with them as much as I do with my computer and they can’t be with me when I travel. I’m also pretty sure I have a computer addiction.” Like a fishing rod, I was reeled back to reality. Just when you think that you have heard it all, someone comes up with a comment that makes your over the edge tendencies appear minuscule. At first glance, this posted comment seemed strange. So much for normalcy; it can become a castaway quickly. I reflected for a moment. Do know this! I am as gregarious as they come. I love the human touch and interacting with people of all races, creeds, and colors. I love my friends and we stick by each other through “thick and thin.” I wouldn’t trade my few treasured friends for anything. Truly I wouldn’t! Things can change so spontaneously sometimes. It did with me. Allow me to elaborate. Last week, I misplaced my phone for a few minutes. I became an instant dummy because I couldn’t remember any telephone numbers. They were conveniently stored in my cell phone. I couldn’t communicate with the world. I was temporarily stalemated. It was at this point that I realized how chummy we (my computer, cell phone, and I) had become. I click those keys continuously. I have become a reliant dependent – technologically. Here’s another confession unknown but to a selected few. My iPad sleeps in bed next to me; an inert paramour of sorts. As it lays on my fluffy pillow, it helps me stay current on world affairs and rapidly respond to my emails/text messages – in real time. I love my technological pals. I feel lost without them by my side; lonely to be exact! I even feel naked … no exaggeration; well maybe a little! For the record, and as an aside, I love my precious human friends; they love me. No doubt about it! We share and have shared so many emotions, feelings, and have experienced wonderful cherished moments together. We regularly converse (often times via texts/emails), take trips together, and tell jokes that aren’t funny and stories that are much too long. We have secrets that can never be told. Hmm… Oh my … The same is true for my computer! I just realized that revealing coincidence. My friends and my computer – the nexus is too uncanny! Don’t laugh. It’s probably true for you too!

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