Are We Really Communicating?

Do you know why I write this blog?  I don’t mean today’s post, I mean the blog as a whole. Do you care?  I hope it’s because you like the great info that I give you.  I hope it’s the research that I have found for you.  I hope it’s the insight from my own experiences trying to lose weight.  I actually hope that you are still reading this.

I was sitting beside my husband the other day watching him scroll on his phone liking pics on Instagram and I said to him, “did you even read what that was about or did you just click it because of who it was?”  He admitted to just clicking.

Unfortunately for most of us, that is the case.  We see pics we like and we click.  We like this business, person, or account, so we click.  We click because we think we will go back later and look at what we clicked and actually read that post.  But do we ever really do that?

The world of social media has changed how we do and see just about anything.  

If we are sitting somewhere and find a person who is not on their phone, do we wonder why?  Did their phone die?  Are they out of data?  Or even, why are they just sitting there looking at people?  Back in the old days before we walked around with our phones, that is just what we did.  We talked to strangers.  We would watch other peoples’ babies and smile.  We would feel sad when we saw someone sad.  We actually shared little bits of other people’s lives even if only for a moment.

It was interaction without invasion.  What has happened to that?  Does that workout even count if we didn’t post it all over all of our accounts?  Facebook, Instagram, twitter and the list is endless.  We wonder why someone doesn’t actually answer their phone when we may just use our phone for calling.  But that is because they didn’t answer their text or email from us.

We are now in a world that is perceived as social without actually talking to a person or having anything to do with them.  We have “friends” that we never see in front of us.  We don’t actually use our voice to communicate, we think things, type them, and expect people to understand the voice in our head that they never heard.

Although our messages are put out there, are we really communicating?  

Well, communicating is a two-way street, so if there is no feedback, then nope we are not.  We are just yelling at our screens hoping somebody else hears us.  This is the problem with social media.  It really isn’t as social as it was meant to be.

Why am I babbling on about this?  Because there are people who truly should be having face to face time and are not getting it because they are filling their time with screen time.  When we have less human time and more screen time, we start to lose our ability to actually be part of a community.  We become isolated.  We actually become lonely although our feeds are full.

Please be careful when you are looking to get out there and begin to interact with humans again.   

  • Choose your humans carefully.  
  • They should have the same motivation and should be so excited to meet you and support you.  
  • They should inspire and challenge you.  
  • They should inform you and learn from you.  
  • They should never make you feel less than the amazing person that you are.  
  • They should be honored that you chose to spend time with them.

 

Now, as my Mom would say, GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!

But just in case you still want to visit with people online, we are there, check us out.  We will also be in your email box if you want us to be there.  We will be waiting online just for you.  

We like you 🙂

 

We live in a digital world, but we're fairly analog creatures. Omar Ahmad

 

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