by Barry Chudakov on December 1st, 2009

Byte-Size MetaMoments

The following byte-sized MetaMoments were submitted by—and are told in the voices of—students at the University of Minnesota.

 

Credit: United States Navy, crosstrippin, Flickr.  All rights reserved.

Credit: United States Navy, crosstrippin, Flickr. All rights reserved.

My mother-in-law, Teri, received a “Heartfelt Hug” from a friend of hers via Facebook, and posted it to her wall, including a comment: “Joyce just has to be the best FB friend ever… wish I lived closer to her!!” Joyce and Teri have never even met in real life, and only know of each other from Navy For Moms, another social networking website.

 

Credit: Text Messenger - The Evolution of Texting by slimdandy, Flickr

Credit: Text Messenger - The Evolution of Texting by slimdandy, Flickr

My life has become a series of text messages, emails and Facebook chat conversations. Last week, a few friends and I met for coffee. While we were sipping our lattes, a tall brunette that I had never met walked into the coffee shop. Before I had a chance to have another sip I received a text message: “She left the bar with Eric last night.” I looked up to see that my friend across the table had texted me. While this girl ordered her coffee and waited for her drink to be made, I received three other text messages about her; who she is dating, who she wanted to be dating, etc. After she left, we barely talked about her. Essentially, we “texted-behind-her-back.”

 

Facebook Friends Photo Grid, dan taylor, Flickr

Facebook Friends Photo Grid, dan taylor, Flickr

I overheard a girl at a coffee shop having a long conversation on her cell phone with an old high school friend. Much of their conversation was about their former mutual classmates and what they’ve learned from Facebook about what they were up to now, including that one of them was released from jail after stabbing someone!

 

Credit: cell phones are like that, Neal Gillis, Flickr

Credit: cell phones are like that, Neal Gillis, Flickr

I was frustrated today walking down the busy street on campus because several people in front of me were more focused on texting on their cell phones than on their actual surroundings. They aimlessly meandered back and forth across the crowded sidewalk like zombies, unaware of the crowd trying to pass them.

 

Credit: cell-phones-on-planes, maxlider, Flickr, All Rights Reserved

Credit: cell-phones-on-planes, maxlider, Flickr, All Rights Reserved

I was reminded of our modern day connection to technology on a recent flight I took. As soon as the plane landed and we were given permission by the flight crew, everyone around me it seemed simultaneously turned on their cell phones and made a call, as if each passenger was dying to do so throughout the whole flight. Suddenly we were all reconnected to the rest of the world, and it felt good.

 

Metalifestream thanks the following people in our growing Metalife network: Ashley Brown, Caroline Rudzinski, Kaylee Skaar, Jerome Harrison, and Somi Kim–all contributed to the writing of this post.

 

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