It can be hard to connect in the real world because space keeps
us apart. Until the invention of the telephone, the only people
you could connect with were the people who lived near you. You could
write letters, but usually you were writing to people you already
knew. And the same is true for the telephone: we almost always call
people we know. In the real world, our connections have usually
been to the people who happen to live around us: our family, our
neighbors, the people who go to our school or to where we worship.
There's obviously something very important about living among the
people who are near us. We get to know our family and our neighbors
very well because their nearness means that we run into them every
day or every week. And the fact that you can walk down a sidewalk
and bump into someone you like can turn a chore into fun.
Nevertheless, the real world makes it hard to connect and generally
limits us to the people near us.
Links to Explore
of the Telephone
Degrees of Separation