Beyond Facebook: the importance of face-to-face interaction in the modern world

Although Facebook provides connectivity with people, we live in a world of greater depression, loneliness, and even chemical dependency. You would think this would not be the case, but virtually all the people using the social networking device/service are talking to themselves, hearing no tonality and seeing no body language from their responders. But, I suppose this does provide a “safe” environment for those individuals who find it difficult to genuinely relate to others except behind a sort of mask or shield. Comedians, or actors, often dwell in the same category. Some might describe this as a way to be something you’re not, the opposite of the adage and advice given to children in their struggles to achieve social acceptability, “just be yourself.” Of course positive attributes exist as well. For example, military service folks have opportunities to communicate with their families from around the world.

Really Replaceable?

Since Facebook is probably here to stay, the fact remains that it must not replace face-to-face interaction. Think of it, a couple meets on a website and maybe even becomes Facebook “friends,” but they eventually want to spend time with one another, experiencing each other’s spontaneity and just how those little quirks define their personalities. After all it is a bit difficult to go to a favorite hangout while on Facebook; “let’s leave Facebook in the house, dear!” Would you, parents, really want to know your children are succeeding in academia without playing well with others?

Why?

To be honest, the reason people need interaction with other people is because it is in that image we assumed our form. I know it’s an old song, but appropriate here: “People Who Need People…are the luckiest people in the world.” Centenarians usually do not live so long because they are hermits affixed to Facebook, contrarily because they consider others greater than themselves.

Anything Wrong?

Qualities of human nature still tend to show even if Facebook is the mode of communication. In fact, the abrupt shutting down of Facebook time with a “friend” communicates the possibility of something being amiss in the relationship…or a bit of manipulation between the parties. Further attributes include jealousy, greed, and uncaring. Many times these are incorrect perceptions which clear through personal interaction.

Nothing New

Therefore, it seems to me that, as the poem and song communicate, “No Man is an Island.” And it is via these I will close this editorial on the need for face-to-face interaction in the modern world, despite the opportunities Facebook may provide. Included below are the lyrics to the song demonstrating the need for personal interaction which has apparently been around for a while, i.e., since John Donne penned the phrase in the 1600s.

No Man is an Island

No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend

No man is an island far out in the blue
We all look to One above
Who our strength doth renew
When I help my brother
Then I know that I plant the seeds
Of friends that will never die

I saw the people gather
I heard the music start
The song that they were singing
Is ringing in my heart

No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend

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The rise of the food truck empire and secrets to business success

Food trucks: magical capsules of iron and rubber wafting delicious and beautifully foreign smells from their insides, which tease our noses and prompt our mouths to water. Heaven? These babies are pretty close to it.

What Is A Food Truck?

Food trucks are vans or trucks that are modified in order to accommodate a kitchen and all of the items that accompany it- stove, oven, grill, deep fryer, microwave, etc. They may be moved from place to place (they are vehicles, after all) or simply occupy a designated spot on the street.

Food choices range from traditional and simple foods like hot dogs and tacos to much more unique recipes including ethnic cuisine and gourmet options. While the idea of mobile food wasn’t born yesterday, more and more cities are beginning to adopt the creative idea. Cities such as New York, Los Angeles, D.C., and Chicago are no strangers to the food truck phenomena, where grabbing a bite from a food truck is considered a fashionable norm. Let’s take a look at how exactly the food truck empire was born and how it’s gained popularity through the years.

1. Chuck Wagons:

People in the 1860’s used chuck wagons as a means to carry food and cooking supplies across the US and Canada. What’s a chuck wagon, you ask? It was a modified wagon with special compartments designed to preserve food for a longer period of time. The chuck wagon also had a special back flap designated for storing firewood. When the flap was laid over a fire, it provided a cooking stove. Traveling cowboys and cowhands were able to cook food wherever they traveled, which proved very useful.

2. Mobile Canteens:

During the 1950’s and World War II, mobile canteens were used to take snacks and beverages to military men and women. The canteens provided the workers with a boost of military morale as well as encouragement to help a profitable business. Military bases in the US were often visited by mobile canteens, which would offer a different variety of snacks and beverages than what was provided in the “chow halls.”

3. Food Trucks:

Over the years, food trucks became more prominent; the name “food truck” began to stick in peoples’ minds more than any other name the mobile wagons had. Businesses like the Salvation Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) started to use food trucks in order to feed people in post-disaster communities, as their houses and any other form of shelter was most likely destroyed in some way.

4. Roach Coaches:

“Roach Coaches,” a nickname for a food truck, provided fresh food on site to construction workers and farm workers alike. In rural areas, particularly in the 60’s and 70’s, food trucks were loaded up with locally grown produce and garden products and driven to busier commercial areas to sell their goods. Today, food trucks have evolved and become so diverse, it can be quite difficult to choose what to get- even more so if you’ve only got a 30 minute lunch!

5. International Trucking:

Back in the day, it was obviously quite common for the food trucks to drive to your location. Nowadays with mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Maps, all you have to do is search for where food trucks park themselves and go to them, depending on where they are for the day, week, or month. Food trucks are worldwide, too: In Canada, lunch and coffee trucks provide items for people to buy throughout their workday. In Asian countries, food trucks provide the unemployed with a source of income, as out of work cooks and bakers load up trucks with prepared food and other food ingredients that can be easily and quickly prepared upon order. Snack trucks have also become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom, where the vehicles frequent universities and other areas with high traffic.

Secrets To Success

So, want to know how food truck owners keep their business flourishing? While there’s no magic potion in order to reach food truck success, there are a few specific traits that undoubtedly help. Take a peek at 6 traits that successful food truck owners possess:

  1. Ability to collaborate
  2. Being self-fulfilled
  3. Focused on the future
  4. Curious
  5. Action oriented
  6. Tech-savvy

If you’re the adventurous type looking to travel the country with your food truck in tow, this business is definitely for you. The above traits are necessary in order to prosper; just sprinkle in (a lot) of fun and make food people can enjoy, and Voila! Food truck success.

Kim Olsen freelance writes online and covers a wide variety of topics from business degree programs online to business startup tips and business technology developments.

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