Friday, December 26, 2008

Teh Internets

So my parents disable the internet every evening in their home in order to keep my oldest brother from playing online games (WOW) all night long. I suppose it's a good thing, but it's also frustrating to me.

Not only do they have an ISP filter that blocks Flickr, but they turn the router off so I can't chat online to friends, facebook, dink around and overall, just entertain myself when I'm bored at night and my other brother has taken over the TV. The joys of being the youngest!

Kind of sucks that my parents have to resort to turning off teh internets every evening. I can understand the mentality behind it and it probably is a good thing for my oldest brother. I suppose it's a kick in the butt for me as well. It means I should be off reading a book or magazine; socializing with the family rather than doing everything online in a virtual world. It's the same concept of what they want my oldest brother to do. Get out and do something....interact with people.

Who knew human interaction is so important to our mental health and ability to be happy beings. God designed us this way. Cool, huh?!? The fact that we need community and the relationships that we form are things that can make us happy and feel good. We an buy things online, chat online, Skype or whatever, but nothing compares to the face-to-face interaction. Even talking on the phone these last few days with all of my friends has been more comforting than chatting online.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Yeah, I suppose it is good that even intraverts need community and human interaction. It is kind of crazy that God designed us to be so dependent on one another. But I guess since we are all reflections of God's image, each time we depend on another human being, we are in some ways depending on God (although sometimes we abuse this and rely only on people and ignore that God is there with us).

I was reading something the other day about how important it is that God said creation was "good" in each stage of creation. It greatly contrasts God's proclamation that it was "not good" for a human to be alone. I guess everytime we remember this, we are, in a way, seeing humanity as God first saw and created us to be - relational.

Regardless, I am very thankful to be relational and to be in relationship with you! You are an amazing friend! I love you dear!