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Reach Out and Touch Somebody

Catie Gosselin


The Internet is a wonderful thing. In the blink of an eye, information can shoot from Cincinnati to Bombay. Consequently, the way we communicate with each other has changed.

A recent news story attested that e-mail is quickly becoming the communication medium of choice, especially among women. Many featured in the story explained their preference allows them to share the information they need without getting involved in a conversation. E-mail also provided a quick means for these women to easily keep in touch with acquaintances and family.

How interesting that the very thing that allows us to keep in touch also separates us. We can now communicate without having a conversation. What a concept! The give-and-take of verbal communication has been replaced by quick blurbs of information. Say what you need, then move on. Never mind that tone of voice and body language are lost in e-mail, leaving a great deal of room for miscommunication. No formal attachment or listening skills are required.

My husband and I, for example, each have our own PC in our den. The other night, we had an entire conversation over ICQ. It didn't dawn on either of us to turn around and talk instead. While we both laughed over the irony of it, it was clear we had 'logged on' for long enough.

It is obvious that technology moves at its own pace, and there is no returning. Let's just hope that our sense of connectedness with each other doesn't fall by the wayside.

all the best,


Catie is the proud homeschooling Mama of two young spirited boys, ages 6 and 4. In addition, Catie works at home running her web/graphic design business, Townsend Craft & Graphics and is the Founder of WomanLinks, a supportive community for women from all walks of life

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