“Talk to me!”

Friday afternoon. I was climbing the stairs of the subway station and trying to read on my cell phone the short preview of a long message I had just received.

In the few lines I read, I already knew what it was about: another discussion about my problem of not being available all day to chat. I just kept my cell phone and went my way, I was going to meet some old friends…

Talking with them, I realized that I was not the only one in that group that had problems with online chatting.

Rob remembered his relationship with the southern boy. The college projects and internships made them talk once or twice a week. Of course, the relationship ended before they were together for six months.

It was not because I was not interested anymore or I was too busy. I really don’t think I need to talk to anyone all day to prove that I want to be with him.

Later that day, I started thinking about relationships in the digital age…

People have developed so much the habit of being connected all the time, that now relationships are measured by how long it takes you to respond to a message, or by your ability to invent shallow subjects, just to show that you are there, connected with him — through a cell phone.

I took the cell phone to finally answer the message. And there I was, discussing and putting an end to a relationship that had barely begun.

Would most of these relationships survive if we still needed to write letters?