Less Social Media and More Meetings in Person?
Social media definitely has its benefits, but also its disadvantages. For example, people can miss out on the joy of sharing with those around them because they can't disconnect from the internet. Is there a way back to the relationships we use to enjoy with our friends?
There are many benefits to having less social media in our lives. New technology is constantly revolutionizing the way we live and interact with people. Managing to keep our technology use under control can be a great difficulty, at least in regards to communication.
On the one hand, new technology offers a bombardment of new options to bring us closer to friends and family. On the other hand, there are many reasons why we should spend less time on social media and more time meeting up in person.
It’s no secret that social media has made the world more superficial. Face-to-face interaction has become less common and more distant. It’s easier to send a text message, email or some other form of instant messaging than it is to go to a friend’s house and spend time together.
That doesn’t mean that technology and social media are altogether bad things. In fact, they can help very shy or insecure people to express themselves.
What’s more, they give people who live far away from one another the opportunity to connect. Just the same, there are people who constantly find themselves on social media and, without even noticing, end up in isolation.
The problem is that we’re losing physical, face-to-face contact because we’re so immersed in the technological world. We could say that, in this day and age, a good profile picture is worth more than meeting for coffee and good conversation.
Interaction through social media
Many individuals find it easier to carry out a conversation over social media than they do in person. Most of the time, this preference is the result of some complex or insecurity regarding physical appearances, shyness, or lack of confidence. Or in some cases, people simply find social media to be a more attractive way to interact with others.
The problem is that these relationships can end up being quite dangerous, since you can’t truly know someone through a screen. You especially can’t get to know their true intentions and interests. In general, many social media users tend to lie in regards to their age, physical features and other important information.
People who use these means to meet others, for the most part, feel lonely and isolated. This drives them to use this resource in an attempt to fill the emptiness they experience. However, this can also cause them to live in a sort of fantasy world, without realizing they’re losing contact with the loved ones around them.
Less social media leads to more time spent with family, more social gatherings among friends, and greater attention to personal contact overall.
These activities serve to fill the space that social media tools once occupied. Individuals begin to embark on new hobbies and activities, such as reading and exercise. And, at the same time, correspondence comes back to the forefront, as well as telephone calls.
How to take advantage of social media?
Many people use social media to stay up to date on what’s happening around the world. And of course, it also allows us to communicate with friends and family who are far away.
However, social media platforms offer much more than that. For example, Facebook provides the option of advertising for your business, making sales, finding interest groups, and much more.
It’s hard to determine precisely the age of those who spend their time on social media. Both teens and adults find these platforms as an attractive way to converse and even get to know other cultures and countries. They use them as a sort of tour guide, as there are countless pages that highlight different cultures, foods, typical dress, and more.
“We’re losing physical, face-to-face contact because we’re so immersed in the technological world.”
Rational use of social media
The use of social media these days is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it has to rule our lives. It’s okay to open up to changes in technology and take advantage of the benefits. However, they shouldn’t consume all of our time. It’s important to set time aside to invest in the company of friends and family.
At the same time, instilling the value of face-to-face interpersonal relationships in our children is also fundamental. Children today were born into a generation that knows no other means to communicate with others besides technology. And this tendency is becoming stronger and stronger.
Take back your life
If you feel like you’re a prisoner to these communication tools and that you dedicate too much time to them, then it’s time to set some limits. Therefore, we recommend setting aside a fraction of your daily time to spend on social media.
Make a strict effort to respect your own time limits. With this, you’ll notice the time you suddenly have available to pick up hobbies and other pastimes you left behind.
Let’s start spending less time on social media and more time having face-to-face contact with others. Invite family over, go out for coffee with friends, hold hands, hug one another, laugh together…
Enjoy the company of spending time with people and staying in touch with those who are far away. In short, give technology the use it deserves, but never allow the virtual world to replace the real world.