Imagine a world with no social media, even if it’s just for a day.
Everywhere we go these days, people have their noses stuck to their phones. I was at a restaurant last night and I looked around. Couples sat at tables and were more involved with what was on their phone than the person sitting across from them. We see all the time on social media films of a fight or a rape or bad crap happening to good people, and instead of humanity trying to help, they’re filming and posting to social media.
This sucks! What kind of society are we when we choose technology over humanity? Why do we have to text someone? Why can’t we pick up the phone and call them? Wouldn’t that be easier? Sure, technology has its advantages. You’re loved one is overseas, even a few states away and you can’t visit as often as you’d like. Skype is a great way to keep in touch. But why skype with your neighbor a street away? What’s wrong with going to each other’s homes or meeting up at the local coffee shop? Why have we become so afraid to truly interact with people? Why do we put more weight in social media “friend” numbers than we do in real friends?
I see our young people glued to their phones and pads and watches, and yet, when they come home from a day at the mall texting with friends who aren’t with them, they retreat to an empty room with no real friends to hug, laugh with. In a world of social media friends, so many of us are truly alone.
So, the next time you reach for your phone to text a friend, call them instead. I know I’d much rather hear your voice than see words type across a screen. Get out in the world. Make plans with your friends to have a no-technology day. Put your cell phones, your laptops, your computers away. Pretend Facebook and Twitter don’t exist. Connect with people, not technology. Breathe the fresh air. Live.