I’m not really a big fan of the technology-saturated life, the kind of life my generation is very used to living today. I’m the kind of person who can afford smartphones but still uses a Nokia: just refusing to be connected to people 24/7, does not go crazy over the latest iPhone or Android model, and who would rather read physical books than have a e-reader (though I am slowly being converted to the other side), among other things.
Speaking of books, me and my friends have this monthly meetup. One will pick anything for us to read, watch or listen to. So far we have reviewed: Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart, different Productivity Playlists floating around the internet, and Stephen Chobsky’s Perks of a Wallflower (both the film and the book). We’re even planning on watching musicals and orchestra performances. We’d be discussing the subject, giving our thoughts on it, answering whatever question enters our heads. Afterwards we’ll have our little kamustahan until its midnight and we had to end it reluctantly because there’s still work the next day. It’s kind of funny how I discover more about my friends this way. Most of our discussions relate the things we’ve read/watched/listened to with our day to day experiences, beliefs and feelings. I usually find myself gaining an insight on how they really are as a person, how they think, how they feel about certain things, the things they like and don’t like. Sometimes I’m surprised with the things that come out of our discussions, and to think that all three of us were friends since Grade School.
By the way, all of our meetings were online, done through the wonder of Google+ Hangouts. Skype doesn’t hold a candle to how efficient Google hangouts can be. We haven’t really tried connecting more than 3 people but it works so much better than Skype and Yahoo! Messenger for the three of us. The main screen automatically switches to whoever’s talking, we can watch youtube videos together and type any link that we want to share with each other. Though all these things are cool in itself, what amazes me the most is the fact that we’re there, hanging out, talking about problems, airing out rants, seeing each others’ faces, all 3 of us, even though we’re just bumming out in our rooms.
You see, it’s a weird setup. We can’t simply just see each other face-to-face. Both of my friends got sick, the kind of sickness that locks you in the house for months, the kind of sickness that can be physically and emotionally-draining you wish they didn’t contract in the first place. Actually the meetup started when one of us got the sick, and wanted to start a book club while she’s stuck alone in her room, recovering. I’m really glad they’re on their way to recovery, but we still cannot be with each other physically, at least, all three of us together. It’s either one or the other.
Which why in this case, I’m a big fan of this kind of technology. Though we can’t really be there for each other physically, and we have to live with this set-up for a while, somehow we found a way to work around the dilemma, a way to make each other smile and still enjoy each other’s company.
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