It is not that I do not like technology; it is just that I have little aptitude for it and haven't had the patience to learn.
Because of this, I am falling far behind the rest of the world when it comes to traveling on the information highway.
I feel like everyone else has a map to where they are going, and I am trying to keep up without knowing the directions.
But that said, there are some things I do not understand why their is a need.
I am still not sure of the value of Facebook or MySpace. As I understand it, these social networking Web sites allow a person to post online what is going on in their lives and share with friends and family, and users can invite as many people to be their "friends" as they like.
As someone recently told me, it used to be people kept their lives private. Any thoughts or feelings were concealed in a locked diary only to be revealed when their little brother broke into it and read it without permission.
There was a time when people did not feel a need to share everything with everyone.
I have a somewhat novel approach to things that happen in my life. I tell my family and friends what is going on, either in person or on the phone and occasionally on e-mail.
I really do not have the time to sit at a computer and pour out the day's events so people can keep track of me, and to tell you the truth, I really don't care to sit at a computer and read about other people's lives.
If something is going on in your life, talk to me, call me, even send me an e-mail, maybe even write a letter, but don't send me to some Web site to find out you have a new puppy.
If that was not enough, now there is Twitter. As I understand this, it is Facebook and MySpace on steroids. You can Tweet people all day long on what you're doing minute by minute.
If the president tweeted me on what he was doing all day, I still wouldn't have much interest. Not everything we do in a given day is that exciting.
I go days and weeks and maybe even years without anything exciting happening to me. Who cares what I had for breakfast or how I spent my evening?
We have a growing society that craves attention, and going online to tell people what we are doing is just an extension of that.
I was foolish enough years ago to think reality TV, like the hula hoop and variety shows, was a fad. People would get tired of watching idiots make fools of themselves.
I overestimated the viewing public and underestimated how easily amused we are.
And sometimes it can be a case of be careful what you wish for.
Texting has turned into sexting, in which people send explicit photos of themselves then are traumatized when the photos end up on the World Wide Web for all to see. Nope, did not see that coming. No way nude photos would end up shared online.
Take the case of the show, "John & Kate Plus 8." A couple with eight kids make a deal for money for a reality show and then end up splitting up and now are complaining about paparazzi watching their every step.
You cannot have it both ways. You cannot open your lives for everyone to watch and dissect and then complain when the world becomes too intrusive.
People make strange decisions sometimes all in an attempt to become rich and famous, even if they have to tweet their own horn to do it.
Patrick Murphy, of Columbus, Neb., is the former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.
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