Social Media is a powerful tool that enables the human need to stay connected. While Social Media has done a fantastic job at helping people stay in constant contact with far off family members, friends, past co-workers, school mates etc. It has also given us a tool to open up doors that were never before possible; job prospects that would never have been considered/attainable, new and inexpensive ways to market business among countless other resources that social media has opened doors to.
While recognizing that social media is one of the quickest and what seems to be, efficient ways to keep connected, we have to keep in mind that embracing the new does not mean we must kick the old to the curb, everything in moderation. It’s still important to pick up the phone and make that call, or drop in and make that personal visit.
We have quickly become a society that is so focused on staying connected with what isn’t right in front of us physically, that we often don’t realize that we become neglectful of what is in our very presence. Remember this the next time you sit at the dinner table with your family and desperately want to reach for your phone to check the latest Facebook feed.
While it is important to keep in the know with what’s going on in our surroundings, we must remember to stay connected to what’s happening in front of us before the moment has passed.
There are countless articles and blog posts that I have seen (all through social media by the way), that speak to this very issue. While I am a firm believer in the importance of social media, I still believe that there are times when we need to unplug and disconnect from the outer world, and focus on our own dining room tables.
I am interested in what my readers think. Do you have problems staying present because of the need to stay connected online? Have you found a healthy balance?
Check out my blog related to staying present: Presently Present