More Social. Less Media.
It’s certainly been a suspicion, but supposedly, it’s now official. The word on the street is that everyone under 30 is addicted to their cell phones. I’d be willing to argue that the age cap could even be raised to those in their 40s and 50s.
For real though. Take a moment right now. Take a deep breath. Put your phone down. Turn it upside down if you think it will be any sort of distraction to you. Now, think about the last time you went out with friends or family, or a date even. How many of them had phones that you could’ve mistaken for an appendage? How did that make you feel? I mean, common, you’re out on the town whether for dinner, or just to catch up over a cup of coffee and correct me if I’m wrong, but when someone is paying more attention to their phone than the living, breathing human being sitting directly across the table in front of them, there’s just something wrong with that scenario. Not to mention, it’s rude and enough to make someone go berserk. Even young kids these days are getting their hands on smart phones before they’re even able to read.
So why have we become so addicted to our phones specifically?
Perhaps we FEEL as though we’re being social and ever so “connected” by constantly responding to DMs (direct messages) or pings or tweets via Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. In a sense, we are. We are interacting. But just because we are interacting, hardly means that or equates to our social skills being up to par. Case in point -- someone may be an impeccable writer and able to communicate with the best of them through email or text. But put that same person in a room with others and no phones or technology, and prepare to watch a disaster.
Let’s face it -- we could all be so much better at communicating with others. The problem? Well, not to completely bash Social Media, because it most certainly serves a fantastic purpose, but it has unfortunately begun to take the place of real life human interaction. Remember how excited we used to get or how good we felt when a real live person payed us a compliment on perhaps a new haircut, or an outfit? Those were the days. Now a days, we get our rocks off if we get 11+ likes on a picture on Instagram, or if someone takes the time to post an actual comment on our Facebook status update or check-in. What is this world coming to?
Don’t get me wrong. Social Media is changing the way we can connect with others, and there are now more ways to do that than ever before. However, texting or communicating via Social Media site pales in comparison to what we refer to as face time. And no, we’re not referring to the App (also referred to as Skype) where you can use your phone or computer to visually see who you are on a call with. The real face time is the in person stuff. The real stuff. To put it simply, we need more face time.