Are we really being social?
Social media today has sure made things easy for us to communicate with people all over the world. Facebook has taken over the world. We all have a Facebook page where we post pictures, updates, jokes, the fun things and even the bad or challenging things that happen in our lives.
Just when we learn how to operate the phone we own, a new, more updated version comes out with the ability to do more high tech things.
Tablets, Smartphones, iPad’s, laptops and modern technology has made us lazy. We text instead of calling, we post pictures instead of sending family members updated photos. We have stopped being social altogether.
The good old days
Remember the good ole days when families gathered on Sunday’s, had dinner together and spent the rest of the day visiting? There were plenty of conversations around the table because there was more to talk about.
Now when you go to visit friends and family, people spend most of their time texting on the phone or checking their Facebook. You may not realize it, but this is not healthy at all.
When there is a room full of people and most of them have phones or tablets out playing on them, something is wrong with this picture.
Swings and merry go rounds
How many times do you look at your children’s school pictures and think “my goodness, where has the time gone?” I do this often. They grow up so fast right before our eyes.
How often do you go to the playground and hear a kid begging their parents to come play with them but their parents are texting or updating Facebook not even hearing their child? There is their child calling out for them yet nobody hears them.
You look over and the parent never looks up. The kid moves to another part of the park and tries again to get the parent to play. No luck, the parent is lost in Facebook. So, the child just hangs his head down and gives up.
Then you go to a schools sports team event. Instead of parents watching their kids play or cheer their kid’s team on, the parents are on their phones or tablets.
There is going to come a day when you would give anything to have these days back. They are little now and in the best days of their lives and you are missing out of the best parts. 10 years from now it’s not going to be important what you posted of Facebook at all.
You need to stop and put the devices down and learn to really be social. Go to dinner with friends again. Call a friend instead of a text conversation. We have forgotten how to do these things. This could be the reason why we are emotionally lonely.
Losing human contact is a sad thing. We are built needing physical and emotional contact with other humans. We raise our children as babies, giving them tons of attention and love. Then suddenly we stop when they get a little older but yet they still need that from us.
Don’t waste precious time on some gadget while your kids want you to swing them. This time next year you are going to beg them to want you to have something to do with you. The time you invest in them when they are little will determine the time they will invest in you when they are older. It’s your call on whether or not when they are grown and you want to hear their voice if they want to talk to you or if they would rather play on the computer.
Lay the right foundation.
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