Side Effects of Social Media

Our society lives and breaths it.

Facebook has over 250 million users.

Twitter has over 175 million.

WordPress has over 71.8 million.

I do social media/marketing for a living. I relish the outlets and love the creativity of sharing life with others. Yet, today I took a step back and glanced at the entire picture of social media.

Why do we crave it so much? I will admit…there are times that I place myself within the depths of status updates, tweets, pinning and posts, as reality around me slips easily through my hands. Human contact is so different as a whole nowadays. Contact with others is easily maintained through the screen of an iPhone or the computer that sits upon your desk.

When was the last time you sent a paper card and not an e-card? How about a hand-written letter? It’s been a while since I walked the halls of a highschool, but do kids pass notes anymore? Who remembers the cool, crazy origami-like folding we used to do for the notes we wrote a friend? Perhaps most of these note connections are now being found within a text message instead.

I have willed myself not to dive into the world of status updates as often. It is important to stay connected to one another. Let’s not forget to hug and kiss a friend in real life…not just in XOXO’s in an email.

We cannot shelter ourselves from the world. We must change along it. But, let’s keep some of the traditions alive. Write a letter to a friend tomorrow. I double, dog dare ya. 🙂

~ VSK

Comments

  1. Nothing takes the place of a nice phone call after a day of staring at a computer screen. Just letting my eyes relax and focusing on a voice. And I loved those origami notes in high school and college. I still send hand written notes to the special people in my life. 🙂

  2. I write notes to friends occasionally, but then, it’s only when I’m sending them something else. I used to write letters all the time; indeed, I’ve kept all the letters I ever received, and revisiting them is much sweeter than revisiting old text messages and the like. Just thinking about that stack of letters makes me want to move a little further that direction again.

    I’m trying to ween myself from Facebook on the personal side, and limit my postings on the “professional” side. There’s a lot more room for joy in that quiet. 🙂

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