There has been a lot of conversations taking place around social media. Videos, Blog Post, and tokbox conversations have centered around this idea of finding community inside the world wide web. Putting aside this idea of web 2.0 and the affects (or is it effects) that it brings to face-to-face conversation, there is something that cannot be replaced, physical touch.
It is amazing that I can sit in front of my computer and have over a 100 conversations a day through twitter, facebook, church online, and the out of date cell phone. You would think that anyone who is involved in that much community and conversation would be okay with never leaving the basement. They have everything they need right? Wrong. It is obvious that people need conversation and community, you cannot just stay at home and only talk to your dog all day, you have to have some kind of conversation with humans. That is an obvious statement. What is not so obvious the need for physically being around other people.
The interwebs provide everything you would need, except for physical touch. I am not talking about the awkward person that always seems to touch your arm or back during conversation, but the physical interaction that goes on daily. We can try to create as much community as possible through church online, twitter, facebook groups, live chats, etc…but you cannot replace physical community.