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Sounds familiar? If you’re a blogger, you have some version of the above statements listed somewhere on your website. If you’re a reader, you’ve seen it on pretty much every personal or business blog that you’ve ever visited.
Why shouldn’t you? We do live, after all, in a tech-enabled world. We are all connected. All the time. It’s very rarely that you find you cannot reach someone at the push of a button or the click of a mouse.
And yet, it was three days before I discovered that my next-door neighbour had suffered a stroke.
It was thirteen days before I heard that a close friend who had been texting on Whatsapp till 7 pm one evening had collapsed due to a fatal attack at 3 am the next morning.
In the first scenario, the lady had been rushed to the hospital on time and anything untoward had been prevented. In the second, nothing could be done, despite ambulances reaching the spot within 10 minutes.
Both these things had been playing on my mind for the past week or so. It was probably no coincidence that last Thursday was also World Suicide Prevention Day. Although in both the situations above, there was no suicide or foul play, it did make me wonder about something far more primal.
Would I ever know if someone really needed my help? Are we no longer just a phone call away? Are we so ‘busy’ that we have no time to pick up the telephone and punch in a number to ask someone how they are doing today?
What about vice versa? How would anyone know that I needed help in a dire situation? I stay alone for most part of the day. I work from home. I only step out once or twice to either pick up groceries or attend a meeting.
As a friend of mine affirmed, I cannot deny the extremely useful and positive nature of social media today. It has put me in touch with wonderful, incredible souls. These people I have had the pleasure to know offline and I bless technology for bringing us together. My story on Depression was easier to tell to a group of people online and the overwhelming support I received as a result cannot be put into words.