Meeting unreal people

4 SEPTEMBER 2007

In July, the BBC morning news programme did a short feature on Facebook. A psychologist was concerned that people were spending time in a compelling “virtual world” rather than interacting with people in the “real” world.

Frank taped the segment for me to see how long it’d take before I started shouting at the TV.

I’m sure Facebook had something to do with my getting an invite to a birthday party this summer. I met some smart and funny people, including a young man with whom I had Staffordshire University in common.

I explained that the university was a Polytechnic when I did my Masters there, over twenty years ago. He smiled, looking down at me (literally: he was tall and I am short) and said “you know, I wasn’t born then.”

Lovely.

Wordle: Meeting unreal people

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