The mystical fantasy island that actually exists: Coron

The vibrational hum of the propeller engines shifts from a constant high buzz to a low drone as our plane dips into a descent. As we pass through the haze, I look out the window and see perfect island after perfect island. Like giant turtles, these islands breach the ocean surface, bursting with fluffy, bright green vegetation. Their circumference is a thin line of bright white sand that cuts into the emerald-green water, before changing to azure then dark blue as it becomes the deep ocean. I’m excited about island hopping throughout this incredible archipelago.

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Our plane banks sharply and we’re now surrounded by rippled volcanic mountains, their peaks so steep as if thrust up with immense volcanic force. They’re so tall that our plane now drifts below their peaks and I have to crouch in my seat and look up to see where they end. The pilot pulls the plane out of a bank moments before we hit the runway with a huge bang and jolt. The propellers buzz and thrust in reverse to stop our plane on the small runway. I’m not sure if it’s the landscape or the pilot that makes the landing so abrupt but, I make a mental note to have a few beers in the airport terminal before we leave and take off in 4 days.

Crossing the tarmac at Coron Busuanga Aiport.
Crossing the tarmac at Coron Busuanga Aiport.

We cross the tarmac to the terminal and wait at the baggage ‘carousel’. It’s not a carousel, actually, it’s just a wooden bench where the staff place your bags. The terminal is tiny but there’s a buzz of excitement. The newly appointed President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duturte’s daughter has come off the same flight. She’s surrounded by a group of police and officials who smile and stand straight. A few people ask for a photo so we do the same.

Jen & Lilly with the daughter of President Duturte.
Jen & Lilly with the daughter of President Duterte.

We find our way to our airport transfer van and begin the 30-minute commute from Busuanga Airport to Coron township. Like most places, the distance isn’t far, however, the condition of the road (and cattle grids) make it a slower trip.

Our van slows and the traffic from the buzzing trikes weaves around us as we pull into the Coron township. Suddenly we take a sharp right turn and end up by the water at the beginning of a long wooden pier. We’re staying at Discovery Island Resort which, as the name suggests, is in fact on an island that’s a 5 to 10-minute boat ride from Coron town. We’re greeted by the small, smiling boat-man who lifts my large Samsonite suitcase onto his back with the ease of someone who’s clearly done this a hundred times.

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As we tread the bouncy wooden pier we get closer to Coron Island in the distance. It’s sheer limestone cliffs are so dramatic it’s as if they’ve been dropped by someone in the middle of the ocean. There’s no gradual sweeping plains that subtlety guide the eye up to a rounded mountain peak. It’s a giant wall of vertical rock bursting with trees. The top is jagged and abrupt suggesting some ancient and violent volcanic activity.

The dramatic limestone cliff face of Coron Island.
The dramatic limestone cliff face of Coron Island.

I carefully tread down the small wooden steps to the boat, carrying our 2-year-old daughter, Lilly. The small boatman gracefully boards the boat with my suitcase and navigates the wooden outriggers to his captain’s chair with ease. I feel overweight and embarrassed as I step onto the small boat and feel it suddenly dip beneath my fat, western feet. As if it’s me versus buoyancy, I try to tread lightly before awkwardly falling in my wooden seat.

Lilly and I on the small boat to Discover Island.
Lilly and I on the small boat to Discover Island.

The boat-man takes out a log bamboo pole and pushes against the shallow rocky bottom. Like a Venetian gondolier, he guides the small boat of out the Coron bay and toward our temporary island home.

Me taking in the view from our balcony… So serene!

The next morning, we head back to the Coron town pier early for our first tour. We tread the hot, dusty Coron streets with other tourists in bright shorts, sarongs and sun cream clad skin carrying snorkel gear, Go Pros and water-proof shoes. We board a bigger version of our small wooden island boat and join about 12 others with the same goal of immersing ourselves in the emerald-green water and experiencing the marine life that lives beneath the bright, vivid surface.

Our tour boat heading out of Coron Harbour.
Our tour boat heading out of Coron Harbour.

Our boat pushes out from the pier and we begin to ride gentle deep blue waves as we head towards the giant limestone cliffs of Coron island. Our first destination is Kayangan Lake and it’s not long before we slip in between the dark grooved rocks of a headland. The engine’s cut and we glide silently into a bay of vivid emerald. It’s like a hidden lagoon in a place you only dream about. A place you thought couldn’t exist anymore in this over-populated commercial world. Well, it does and it’s Coron Island.

To get to Kayangan lake you need to make your way up and over the mountain on a steep rocky and muddy trail. We’re carrying our 2-year-old, Lilly, which makes the climb difficult. Flip-flops on mossy rocks with a baby and camera gear make the trip interesting.

At the halfway point, you reach the crest of the mountain. It’s worth stopping here to get a photo from the top, looking back down at the bay before continuing down to the lake itself. The view is postcard perfect as the small boats cut white trails in the emerald water, rounding the headland before docking at the beach.

Looking down at the entrance bay to Kayangan Lake from the vantage point on the trail.
Looking down at the entrance bay to Kayangan Lake from the vantage point on the trail.
Finally, we descend down to the lake. The muddy path is on such an incline that I’m sure I’m getting the best thigh workout in years. BUT, it’s all worth it. Finally, Kayangan lake presents itself in its emerald-blue glory as it cuts between limestone cliffs bursting with trees. The water’s so clear that it’s like diving into glass. It’s cool, refreshing and magical.

It starts to rain but it’s not an issue. Instead, it adds to the mystic feel of the place as monsoon drops fall from tropical skies, bouncing off the bright blue lake surface creating a refreshing mist and the tranquil soundtrack of falling rain.

There’s a wooden boardwalk around the lake with steps into the water making it easy for those who’d prefer to ease themselves in. However, the lake is deep. You can get your footing on some large underwater rocks, but generally, you need to tread water or bob around in your life jacket.

After what felt like a never-ending trek back over the mountain, we’re now headed for the ‘Smith Coral Garden’. Now, I thought I’d seen a lot of coral in my life… I thought well, whilst it’s beautiful, surely it’s all the same across South East Asia… I was wrong.

The Coral Garden in Coron is simply breathtaking. It’s an underground multicoloured forest of weaving and twisting living organisms. You float in awe above the forest as giant clams lie on the seabed, mouths gaping, like something from a cartoon that isn’t real. It’s an alien planet. Somewhere so unique, so foreign, so precious that it’s truly an experience to lie flat in the bobbing waves, gazing down at this surreal wonderland.

Our guide tells us that the coral was ‘severely damaged’ by super Typhoon Haiyan… But it’s still incredible… I can only imagine what it would’ve been like before the superstorm smashed Palawan in 2013.

We’re on the boat again and this time heading for Banol Beach for lunch. It’s a quintessential white sand beach with lapping blue water. The sand interrupts the shear, rocky cliffs creating a truly isolated feeling. As in all tours in Palawan, we’re served BBQ seafood and meat for lunch. It’s still raining but I play with Lilly in the shallows teaching her what a “shell” is as Jen sits with the locals speaking Filipino and ensuring every last piece of food was devoured.

After lunch, one of the final highlights is the twin lagoon… An incredible natural phenomenon where a fresh water lagoon meets a salt water lagoon, both competing for the most vivid blue water you’ve ever seen. They’re joined by a small cave-like archway that’s so tight, the only way to comfortably get through is to float through on your back. Our tour guide instructs us to lie on our backs and link feet to hands like a giant caterpillar so we can silently slide under the cave and between both lagoons. It’s magical as the view when floating on your back is breathtaking. You stare up at giant, almost daunting lime stone monoliths bursting with bright green trees and wildlife as you slide through the water and feel the warm and cold currents trying to blend as the ocean meets fresh water.

Lilly & I swimming in the Twin Lagoon
Lilly & I swimming in the Twin Lagoon

The rest of the afternoon is full of stops at white-sand beaches. Beaches that look like they’ve been Photoshopped… It seems that in Coron, the water really is unbelievably blue, the coral mystical and the lakes so emerald clear that you think you’ve spent a day in a fantasy land. The experience is a reinforcement that magic does still exist on isolated islands among this incredible archipelago. Not everything is ruined in this over-run tourist driven society. There are magical, fantastical places that still exist between the shear black, jagged, limestone cliffs of Coron Island, Philippines.

The route of our tour to Coron Island
The route of our tour to Coron Island

Details:

How to get there:

Fly from Manila to Busuanga Coron Airport with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Skyjet Airlines.

Where to stay:

We stayed at Discovery Island Resort & Dive Centre. We loved our stay there and would definitely recommend it and stay again. The staff were super friendly and went out of their way to look after Lilly.

The food was also great with a diverse menu of local dishes, Thai, Italian and more.

Tours:

There are a few tour operators in Coron. You can book directly with your hotel / resort however, we found this option to be far more expensive than some of the providers in Coron Town.

We went with ‘Nice in Paradise’ tours. They were friendly and helpful, however, the tour guides barely spoke any English. It may not have helped that most of the group were local tourists although, I would’ve preferred them to make more of an effort to also explain things in English.

The one day tour mentioned here is the Coron Island Tour (1300 PHP per person) and covers:

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Smith Coral Garden
  • Banol Beach
  • CYC Beach

Coron Town

There’s not really much to do in Coron town itself. We spent most nights back at our resort bar and restaurant. There are a few bars throughout the small town however it’s generally pretty quiet.

55+ Weekend Getaways from Mumbai – Infographic

Mumbai is one of the most eclectic cities in India, perhaps the world. The former Bombay is a traveller’s delight. Aside from the being an enchanting city, it’s also surrounded by some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring places you could visit. This city that never sleeps, has an intriguing number of historical sites, picturesque hill stations, off-beat destinations, along with beautiful beaches and adventure destinations.

It offers everything from visiting various historical forts to taking in a tour of the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Travel to the breathtaking hill stations, go sight-seeing, visit a wildlife sanctuary or indulge in adventure activities. There’s simply no limit of exciting places and wonders that you can see in the surrounds of Mumbai.

The best part is, since most of these neighbouring places are just a short drive away from Mumbai, they make awesome weekend getaways for all travel enthusiasts and adventurers.

Now, if you are planning a trip to Mumbai, but are unsure of which are the best places to visit near the city, then take a look at this impressive infographic that has listed down the top 55+ destinations near Mumbai that are ideal for a quick weekend getaway!

Accompanied with this infographic comes a detailed guide that provides information about each location along with important details such as the best time to visit, places to see, activities you could indulge in and more.

So, make the most out of it and start your adventure now!

55+ Weekend Getaways from Mumbai [Infographic] by the team at ZaraHutke.in

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niravAbout the author: Nirav Dave is the co-founder of ZaraHutke, in Mumbai that specializes in all things Offbeat Stays & Weekend Getaways. He is an Avid traveler, A dedicated husband, and father and loves Numismatics.

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Pain is not ‘character building’ it’s a warning system

Nobody likes pain. Well, unless you’re a masochist… Hopefully you’re not? If you are, please band your head against the computer screen for pleasure and stop reading…

Pain is interesting in the sense that it’s an incredibly subjective experience. No one else can feel your pain yet, we’re all completely unified in our motivation to avoid it. Normally,  we think of pain as a medical condition. Something that we experience as a symptom of injury. However, the word ‘pain’ comes from Latin – ‘Poena’ – meaning punishment or Ancient Greek – ‘Poine’ – a word that suggests penalty.

This kind of broadens the concept of pain and suggests that it’s not simply a symptomatic mechanism of physical injury. Not just something to be treated in fluorescent, tiled hospital hallways among the acrid smell of antiseptic that’s desperately trying to mask the foul stench of physical injury and decay… It’s more than this.

Why do we even feel pain? Why are we ‘punished’ and have to pay a ‘penalty’? Essentially, pain is a warning mechanism. It’s a neural and chemical alarm that tells you something is wrong. The fact that pain is horrendously unpleasant, motivates us to make a change. This change could be seeking medical attention, resting, getting a broken limb to a hospital etc.

What if we didn’t feel pain? Well, there is actually a congenital condition where people do not feel physical pain. Wow… Sounds great right? No, this condition is not a blessing but far the opposite. Studies show that the inability to feel pain in these people leads to severe self-inflicted injuries and can even lead to premature death.

Approximately one million people are thought to be born with a condition where they don't feel pain.
Approximately one million people are thought to be born with a condition where they don’t feel pain.

It seems we need pain as a warning system to tell us that something’s wrong. We need to feel the ruthless, unpleasant stab of crippling pain so that we can affect change. This may be a serious change that’s life or death, or it may be something simple that only requires a minor adjustment.

If someone treads on your foot, you wouldn’t just stand there and not do anything? No right?… You’d tell the person to get off your foot and move away. Our motivation to avoid pain is perhaps one of the greatest motivators of any living thing and usually doesn’t need too much conscious thought.

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The one exception is the sporting arena. That’s where, to win, athletes need to push themselves through pain to get to the finish line. A triathlon athlete feels the pain in his arms, the burning in his legs and the hot sensation in his chest as his body gasps to get more oxygen. However, they don’t stop. They don’t give up. Instead, they train themselves to push through the pain… “No Pain No Gain” right?

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But, what about mental pain? What about suffering that occurs in the mind? Anxiety, fear, and depression? If we apply the same  principle that – such suffering is an alarm system telling us that something’s wrong and we need to affect change – then we should listen to these signals and make the changes we need in order to stop the pain. However, society has a weird view when it comes to mental pain…

It seems that, whether you’re an athlete or not (which most of us aren’t), people expect you to ‘push through the pain’. We could be depressed, anxious, laying in bed each night distraught, however, just like if we were cycling up a giant hill to the glory of a finish line, we’re encouraged to ‘persevere’…. The only problem is that with matters of the mind, there’s often no reward for pushing through the pain.

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Even subconsciously everyone in life sends us messages with the subtext of perseverance as they sprout delicate sentences in soft voices that start with the words ‘at least’… “At least you have a job”, “at least it’s only for a couple of years”… Or, even worse, some people take the “drink a cup of concrete and harden the fuck up approach” and tell us we’re weak as they belch clichés such as ‘nothing worth having is ever easy’ or ‘nothing good came without pain’…

Going back to my, someone treading on your foot analogy… To me, this approach is like not only allowing the person to continue standing on your foot but also grinning and bearing it in some weird masochistic way to ‘push through the pain’ for a reward that doesn’t actually exist.

I’ve written before about how naïve society is when it comes to mental illness and suffering. But… Simply, I think this attitude of ‘no pain no gain’ does not belong in the arena of mental health and it further stigmatizes any conditions of the mind.

People are very good at filling our mind with suggestive passiveness that influences us to stay in shitty situations when really we should take action to get out!
People are very good at filling our mind with suggestive passiveness that influences us to stay in shitty situations when really we should take action to get out!

In my opinion, it’s brave to embrace change, take a risk and change your path when something is giving you mental pain. What’s stupid is persevering and expecting some arbitrary reward! Sure, due to several different factors we can’t always just get up and change our lives immediately. It’s not that simple. However, we can at least recognise the warning signs and start to make alternate plans. It’s not ‘giving up’ it’s common sense.

The problem is that the majority of people don’t ever consider their own mortality. We don’t regularly think about how we’re going to die and about the impermanence of everything. This is probably partly programmed in us as, I’d imagine if we did consider death every day then life would be pretty morbid. However, the fact is we will die. You can take nothing with you. Life is far too short to persevere through pain unnecessarily. Not every situation is ‘character building’ or just part of ‘hard work’. We all persevere through bad days and if we’re doing something worthwhile that we love then, we probably persevere through bad weeks, even months.

What I’m talking about here is not the acceptable ups and downs of life. I’m not suggesting we throw in the towel because we feel a bit of pain. I’m talking to those people who suffer chronic pain. Chronic mental pain that’s driven by situations and circumstances that eat away at their soul. People who, despite the chronic pain and unhappiness, stay in their situation because they believe they have something to prove by not giving up something shitty and not exploring a better path in life.

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Recognise the warning signs. Be an evolved human being who knows that signs of pain indicate that something is wrong and that change needs to occur. More often than not, the result of ‘pushing through’ mental pain is not a Gold Medal or a triathlon trophy that makes everything worthwhile… It’s regret. Regret of wasting so much time putting up with bullshit you never needed to.

10 Simple Things I Love About Living in the Philippines

NINE months ago we moved from Sydney to Manila. As we packed our bags and sold most of our things, I felt fearful yet excited. I had travelled to the Philippines many times but, living somewhere is a whole different ball game! Well, after 9 months I have to say that it’s a pretty awesome place to live! Here are 10 simple things I love about living in the Philippines!

1. Beer is cheaper than water

When you go to a restaurant, you’ll find that a juice is just over 100 pesos (about $2 USD) whereas a beer is only about 50 ($1)… I’m a keen budgeter (not an alcoholic), so I choose beer for purely financial reasons of course. Beer is also sold in a bucket of 6 and is usually only 250-350 pesos. If you want to order beer to your door, you can even order from San Miguel Brewery directly where you end up paying only 29 pesos a bottle when you order a case! That’s 62 cents a bottle folks!

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An ice cold, ‘below zero’ Red Horse. An extremely tasy extra strong local beer and my personal favourite.

2. No one takes themselves too seriously.

You may be fooled by the presence of guards and police with large shotguns standing outside malls, but normally they’re happily singing Air Supply or Celine Dion out loud! No matter who you are, everyone’s just trying to be as happy as they can and finding the best way to get themselves through the day. TV personalities are often engaged in all sorts of crazy comedy sketches and activities which are hysterical.

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Popular TV personality Vice Ganda.

3. Live Music

The Philippines has, by far, the best live music scene I’ve ever experienced. Actually, you can travel all over the world and in every hotel lobby, cruise ship, bar or restaurant you will find a Filipino band. No only will they be sensational but, you can request anything from Pink Floyd to Justin Bieber and they will play it! This happens on every night of the week in Manila. Not like my hometown of Sydney where you need to find one of a handful or venues that might have live music and that’s only on a Friday & Saturday night. Once the sun sets, the alfresco bars and restaurants erupt with the sounds of some of the best cover bands in the world.

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The band ‘Brown Inc.’ performing at ‘Nuvo Bar’ in Greenbelt, Makati.

4. The beaches

The Philippines has some of the most remote, secluded and incredible white sand beaches in the world. I mean beaches that glow with bright blue and emerald water at the bottom of giant limestone cliffs only accessible by boat. This is the stuff of James Bond movies! With over 7000 islands to explore, the Philippines is a true beach and island adventure destination. If you’re sick of the overrun beaches of Bali and Thailand, then hop over to the Philippines for a truly unique and secluded experience.

One of the many isolated beaches off El Nido in Palwan.
One of the many isolated beaches off El Nido in Palawan.

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5. Hospitality

Generally, Filipinos are happy and they take pride in their work. Unlike some other places, where you often experience jaded waiters having a bad day and taking it out on customers… Most Filipinos pride themselves on the service they provide and this results are a pretty top-class experience in my opinion.

6. No Judgement

Generally, Filipinos are very honest and make a joke out of everything rather than silently judge like many of us do in the West. For example, It’s completely acceptable (as a guy even) to check yourself out in a mirror… Ok, before you think I’m vain… Let me add some context. We recently moved into an unfurnished apartment. In the Philippines, unfurnished means bare. No hot water system, no stove or oven, no aircon, and… No mirror. When I leave the house, the first mirror of the day I see is the one in the lift! Normally this is a startling moment when I realise how unprepared I am to face the outside world… So, it’s nice to be able to stand there and carefully fix myself without anyone judging me!

7. Mangos & fresh fruits

Mangos in the Philippines are just awesome. They’re also plentiful and cheap all year round! Unlike Australia, (where you pay through the roof off season and even in season they can be hit and miss) every mango here is an absolute gem! Due to the tropical climate and number of local markets, it’s very easy to pick up cheap, fresh tropical fruits any time.

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Family shopping at a local market in Manila

8. Unique culture

Unless the rest of South East Asia, the Philippines is a real blend of Spanish or South American culture with Asian culture… It’s not fully Asia, it’s not fully South America, it’s just the Philippines with an incredibly interesting blend. This becomes very obvious in the local language – Tagalog – which has taken many Spanish words, Street and place names, as well as the architecture of course. If you head to some of the older areas of Manila such as Intramuros, you’ll see a fascinating blend of old and new architecture and culture.

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My wife Jen and our daughter Lilly at a cathedral just outside Metro Manila.

9. BBQ

The barbecued meats here are simply sensational… I don’t know what it is… Maybe the type of charcoal the Filipinos use, but the BBQ flavour in meats is completely different, filled with a smokey body that adds so much flavour to everything! Yum!

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10. Cost of living

The Philippines is a cheap place to live. Sure there are condos in areas like Bonifacio Global City where, if you want, you can spend as much money as you would in Sydney… However, it’s incredibly easy to live in absolute comfort for a fraction of the cost of Australia. For example, we’re currently renting a fantastic condo with resort facilities. We feel like we’re living in a holiday resort every day yet our monthly rent is the same as the weekly rent we were paying for our small unit in Sydney.

So all in all, the Philippines is a great place to live full of exciting destinations, colourful culture and friendly people! If you’re interesting in learning more, come join the Road Less Travelled Facebook community.

 

Do you push people to email or text? Are you scared of real-time conversations?

I’ve never liked phones. I get anxious as soon as I feel my iPhone arrogantly vibrate in my pocket demanding attention with no consideration for my surroundings or situation. I feel dread as my sweaty palms grasp it to silence its rudimentary ring as I glance at the screen and decide whether to ‘answer’ or ‘reject’.

I even remember this feeling from when I was a child. I recall getting scalded after cutting the phone cord with a pair of scissors because I thought that ‘people talked too much’. I also remember the ring of our old landline phone. I didn’t often bring good news. Before mobile phones, the landline was our single umbilical cord to the outside world… A telegraph that would inform us of deaths, births, marriages and the like. There was no caller ID so the dull tone of the handset’s ring would bring anticipation and fear of the unknown.

Our family's first mobile phone. Certainly not 'smart' or small!
Our family’s first mobile phone. Certainly not ‘smart’ or small!

There are times, even now, when I just don’t feel like talking to anyone on the phone. Times when I want to turn off all my devices and just crawl into a dark hole. The thing is, I’m quite good with people. I’ve travelled the world and dealt with thousands of people in corporate and personal settings from many countries and cultures. So, why is it that a phone call can cause anxiety?

I don’t think it’s a phobia of the phone, I think it’s more complex and nuanced than that. For me at least, it’s about control. A conversation is a messy, raw and real-time interaction that requires on-the-fly improvisation. In this era of smartphones, iMessage, Skype, and email, we have become accustomed to being able to think about our response before replying. We’re now used to being able to conduct a quality assurance check on our interactions and because of this, some of us find conversations intimidating and quite frankly, a lot of effort! We’ve all experienced getting off the phone and thinking “why did I say that…?” The old post-conversation regret of wishing that the conversation had gone differently!

The family landline phone was our telegraph for births, deaths and marriages.
The family landline phone was our telegraph for births, deaths and marriages.

The fear is that conversations can allow another person to ‘hack’ into your personality and emotion. If you’re uncertain or you’re not confident then it becomes obvious through tone of voice and the way that you respond to others. Using too many words and waffling can suggest a lack of confidence, whilst too fewer words can suggest arrogance or even stupidity! With email and text, we have the luxury of presenting a false image of ‘self’ and can hide our true feelings and emotions behind keyboards and screens.

Look at cyber bullying. People who bully others on the internet are simply insecure and weak. They say things that they would never have the guts to say in person to anyone! Behind the keyboard, they’re able to say what they want and present a false self to attack others. If you bump into these people at a party they’re probably the quiet, socially awkward one in the corner.

Cyber bullying is a real problem. The anonymity of the internet will always attract insecure cowards who bully others.
Cyber bullying is a real problem. The anonymity of the internet will always attract insecure cowards who bully others.

I’m not necessarily talking about social anxiety here or even shyness. It’s more a lack of willingness to engage in a real-time conversation if there’s other options available. I often find myself subconsciously pushing people to email and text, rather than just picking up the phone. Sometimes I’ll decline calls for no reason other than I feel I don’t have the energy for a real conversation.

This is interesting given that mobile phones only became popular when I was in high school and they certainly weren’t smart! I didn’t have an email address until I was 16 and I remember feeling surprised that ‘anyone’ could even have an email address as I set up my Hotmail account. There certainly wasn’t Facebook or any social media so, I can only imagine that the prevalence of being comfortable with messaging and text but uncomfortable with real and dynamic conversations may become more of a problem for today’s youth.

My very first mobile phone! The trusty Nokia 5110!
My very first mobile phone! The trusty Nokia 5110!

So what’s the answer? I don’t think this is going to get any better and I predict we will have generations of young people who find real-time conversations a trigger of immense anxiety. We need to spend more time in real situations and care less about our image or what others think. I feel that we need to educate young people to not hide behind technology and to have the confidence to build real relationships without fear. Sure, you can’t control the interaction and it can be messy, but if we’re all just ourselves in a genuine community then I’m sure there’s more to be gained by fluid face-to-face communication than avoiding real-time interactions for fear of relinquishing control.

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