Nothing beats coming back to work to an e-mail inbox full of crap.

Tragedy 1: Computer crash/Ryn Gargulinski

Tragedy 1: Computer crash/Ryn Gargulinski

Well, maybe sticking a fork in your eye comes close, but a burgeoning inbox is up there.

While trudging through the marsh of e-mails, I realized that a week without being tethered to the computer can teach us a whole host of fascinating things.

Like how much spare time we really have.

Hours, if not days, can be spent e-mailing, Facebooking, My Spacing or otherwise posting or reading updates about kids who finally succumbed to potty training or people who hate Mondays.

To be fair, I really dig Facebook. It’s a great way to waste time and keep tabs on whose kid is finally potty trained.

“I’m giving up on Facebook,” one of my former bosses once declared. “It makes me feel connected when I’m really not.”

Tragedy 2: Cereal on the keyboard/Ryn Gargulinski

Tragedy 2: Cereal on the keyboard/Ryn Gargulinski

The scary part is, that is largely the extent of connection these days.

Computer connections are the only connections for some, especially those, like myself, who work from home. My face-to-face contact usually consists solely of my dogs, rats and lizard. Maybe a neighbor, albeit briefly, if we happen to go the mailbox at the same time.

Week after week of that tends to make folks loopy. Thus, I do try to grocery shop or something once in awhile so I can be around people. But then I choose the electronic self-checkout so I don’t have to deal with a cashier.

As society moves towards more and more towards virtual rather than personal connections, some folks may never learn vital social skills.

“I’ve met some engineers who work from home and never have to be around people,” a friend of mine told me when we were talking about dating. “Engineers are weird to begin with, but if they never get out of the house, it makes them even stranger. No wonder they are still single.”

[tnipoll]

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