We know that a great percentage of our readers/supporters are OFWs. We know how they would do anything in exchange to be back home anytime they want, like where they are is just a Batangas-Manila bus trip kind of thing.
There’s no question that they contribute greatly to the country’s economy, as if that’s on their list of priorities. But that’s just one among the many things that make them worthy of being valued and treated with appreciation and respect. Imagine how they get by each and every day with their families living miles away from them. Lucky those who are working overseas with a family member.
Thanks to Skype, Facebook, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Viber, Facetime, etcetera, family ties and other relationships survive the distance.
Imagine the days when these software and free Internet call & text service providers do not yet exist. How do people working abroad connect with the loved ones they left behind? Through snail mail and telegram, and yes, nothing that could be done with just a click of the ‘Send’ button.
In this matter, truly, the best things in life are free. You can’t complain about the cost, you just have to find time to utilize these free Internet chat and calls application and software, and Zuckerberg’s gift to the world.
I have a lot of relatives who are working and living abroad. Since they can’t come home anytime they want, we bring home closer to them through Skype. We get them updated with important events and how the new members of the family are growing too fast by regularly uploading photos on Facebook. In short, we make them feel like the distance between us doesn’t exist.
“A Day in the Life of Skype #Infographic” posted on the Skype blog in September 2011 reveals that 65 million people sign in to Skype daily, a huge number which generates 700 million minutes of free calls and 300 million video calls. Beat that!
While randomly browsing Twitter earlier, I bumped on tweet retweeted by actress-host Ruffa Gutierrez. A friend of hers tweeted “Skype saves relationships. Try it.”
Yes. But it’s really up to you and the person on the other side of the world to make things work out. These free Internet chat and call thing would not be worth what they’ve been created for if the people separated by continents and oceans will not exert extra effort to make the relationship survive.
You probably now understand why the gods of today’s technology are working their heads off to create the best gadget, software, application, and social media platform that could be the next best thing. How these innovations work is the brain, how they serve their purpose to people is the heart. To keep ties alive, the brain and the heart must hum the same tune.