I don’t typically write posts about pop culture or trends in society, or rant my opinions for that matter, but I felt I had to post about this to see how the rest of the blogosphere is feeling about Twitter, etc. I’ve been a member of Facebook for a few years now, had a blog for a few months, and just recently jumped on the blogging bandwagon and joined Twitter. I’m actually quite surprised with these moves I’ve made since I don’t typically like to talk about myself and I enjoy taking a break from technology and spending some time “off the grid” fairly often. Nowadays though, it’s almost difficult to not be constantly connected. I find myself talking about people I went to high school with like we keep in touch daily, but in reality I just know what’s happening to them from their Facebook status updates or blog posts. In this aspect, I think websites like Facebook and Twitter are great- you can not only network with new people and bring them to your blog, but you can reconnect with friends from you past. But is there another, negative side to all of this constant connectivity?
I’ve only been on Twitter for a couple of weeks, but it’s really got me thinking about this technologically advanced world we live in today. I read posts that people have obviously written from their cars (“stuck in traffic”) or while out to dinner with friends (“big martini just arrived!”), and I can’t help but wonder how their company is feeling while this person is glued to their phone while they should be enjoying time with their loved ones. It’s become more and more commonplace to see someone sitting at a table with friends and not sharing stories of their day, but rather looking down at their phone and sharing what they’re doing at that exact moment with millions of curious readers. Isn’t this a bit bizarre? I’m all for keeping up with a blog and sharing your life with others, but when did living life get replaced with Twittering about your life?
The reason for my rant is this: take part in Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc. but don’t let it replace good old fashioned human contact. If you find yourself reaching for your iPhone to check your email while visiting family or having the urge to write a Tweet about how awesome it is to be hanging out with your buddy, take a step back. Focus on actually spending time with that person and devoting yourself to the conversation that’s happening at that moment. Let’s not lose the joys of face-to-face contact and great conversations that can take place when no form of technology is causing a distraction. And if you’re feeling really randy, take yourself off of the grid for a second. Skip a blog post or two, or turn off your phone for an afternoon. It’ll be good for you… and for those around you. Care to share your thoughts on this issue? Wanna call me and talk to me about it in person? :) Sound off!
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