Let me start off by saying...there are so many reasons to absolutely love social media...but are we taking it too far??? I have loved the fact that I have reunited with my high school and college friends through mediums like Facebook. But, when I look at "my" friends on Facebook and my kids "friends" on Facebook I have come to realize that there's a totally different dynamic. My friends are ones that I made with face to face contact loooooooooong before iphones and Blackberry's were a twinkle in some young techies eye. Their friends are ones that were made initially face to face...but were nurtured through texts and IM's.
So is "virtual nurturing" real or is what I knew real? The more I use social media...the more difficult it is for me to connect face to face with someone I meet for the first time. I almost feel like it would be better to take our phones and go to separate rooms and communicate via text....almost. Then, when I step out on a limb and throw a "Cookin With A Rural Attitude" party and spend the evening laughing my head off and really seeing someones soul through great conversation and learning together...I realize I had the best of both world's.
Do we need to stop...evaluate...and determine if we need to do a "face-to-face-101" session with our kids to teach them the value and art of connecting heart to heart with other human beings? I think so... Maybe not a formal session...but...how about exposing them to our relationships by recounting how we met our friends and spouses? How about making it a regular thing to have people over for great food and conversation on regular basis? Not that they don't get together with their friends...but showing them the other side of connecting...without technology.
It seems I am always finding articles on the "cool" must-haves of social media apps to help us connect better with the newest generation. I am trying to keep up...but personally...I think the old fashioned way of having a cup of coffee with my neighbor or having a potluck with a bunch of friends is a much "cooler" way of connecting. I guess it's that rural attitude thing I am always talking about...the ability to change with the times...but stay chained and grounded to the good parts of the way it used to be.
What do you think?