Obviously we’re big on social media. I don’t mean we’re famous, I mean we’re big believers in the use of social media and think it’s awesome… Most of the time.
Social media is undoubtedly great for keeping in touch with family and friends alike. Those friends you’ve not seen since school and family that live a fair distance away or even in another country. You can share your life with these people and the family and friends closer to home, almost feeling like you’re there experiencing all of these moments together.
And that’s the problem.
I think sometimes we share so much and get so involved with each others content online, that we forget to actual see each other in person offline. I honestly believe there will be situations when family and friends have followed each others lives and engaged so often via the comments section that months have passed without actually engaging with each other offline.
I say I ‘think’ and ‘believe’ but actually it’s a fact. It’s happening in my life. Months have passed without visits from family and even more months have gone since meeting with life-long friends. I partly blame social media.
If people couldn’t click on YouTube to watch our daily vlogs, or tap Facebook to catch up on the latest in our life, they’d have no choice but to actually visit us! It’s easy to have a nosey at what we’re doing and drop a comment, but it’s much harder to actually arrange a day out or visit where we can engage face-to-face.
It works both ways.
We’re absolutely guilty of this too. I think it’s always been a thing when friends grow up, get jobs, get married, kids come along etc, they slowly drift apart and meet-ups are few and far between. I think social media makes this even worse and extends the amount of time family and friends go without actually spending time together.
There’s always exceptions to the rule obviously, take my old man for instance, I can’t get rid of him! I wouldn’t want to obviously, it helps he lives only 10 minutes away too.
Life gets so busy doesn’t it and it’s so easy to get wrapped up in your own life that time does fly. Add in the ability to feel in touch with your friends and family via social media, it’s even easier for longer periods of time to pass.
It’s all an excuse though really isn’t it. Friends and family should make more effort.
What do you think?
Thanks for reading,
David & Donetta 🙂