Friday, May 30, 2008

The Web.

Tonight I'm alone, my husband away. It's a Friday night, and my book is at an unexciting stage. So I gave myself permission to browse the net without any intentions, googling people's names, chatting with everyone on my list, sneaking around in other's orkut and facebook pages, trying to catch a glimpse of other people's lives. As I listened to my music, I aimlessly went to people's pages, and went on to their friends, etc only hoping at the back of my mind I won't be caught out.

It left me somehow unsatisfied. I looked for heart to hearts on Gtalk, wanting to delve into the very root cause of everything, but noone had the time. I peeked into other's albums, and even went to the extent of adding an old ghost (or should I say ghoul) from the past as a friend just so I could access her otherwise locked album. That's how bad the voyeurism got. But it didn't help--everyone was happy, smiling, with their babies cradled on their hips, or tell-tale captions telling me they studied in exotic or upmarket countries.

I don't know what I was hoping for...OK ...I knew exactly what I was looking around for. But I didn't find it.

It's 1-10 in the morning now, and I probably will go to sleep in a while and have nothing to show for the last 4 and a half hours of surfing except an empty stomach (I decided to forego dinner in my thirst for knowledge), and very low spirits.

For all the ties that the world wide web binds you with to other people, you're essentially so alone.

4 comments:

Haimanti said...

i agree with you, completely. even i do these things to keep myself busy but at the end of it, it's nothing.

rider of rohan said...

"For all the ties that the world wide web binds you with to other people, you're essentially so alone."

Nice line...

shreyasi said...

I've just had a look at your scrapbook and know who your ghoul is! You must have been desperately bored.....

Prog Power said...

Wow! Really well captured for what must've started out as a rambling to throw one last punch at boredom!

Every person who's had the internet at their disposal must totally relate to this! ;)

Oh, and +1 on RoR's comment!