If you’ve been around Momma Findings, you’ve probably discovered I’m your ultimate social media enthusiast. There is an instant connection you receive through real time sources, a source you can never receive without platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. At the forefront of a new movement, I, personally, feel this new wave of instant connection will reach further than we can possibly imagine.
With that said, more instances are appearing where I feel disconnected from those closest to me. Have they not yet picked up on this “new movement”? Why aren’t we both driving down this new “information highway”?
I was listening to KSBJ this morning and they were speaking to a mother who was concerned with her daughter’s text messaging. Within three days, she racked up over 1,000 text messages. Granted, it WAS Spring Break and it WAS a new phone. I mean, even I sent more messages out during this time
Mona: Help! Please come get your neice and nephews before I, literally, lose my mind. I’m running away. Right. NOW.
Hubby: Why was your vacation so short? I wish we were still at SeaWorld.
Toni: Sweetie. Where are you? We need to move closer to eachother, like yesterday.
Verizon Guy: Hi. You helped me while I was getting my new Palm Pre Plus. Help. I can’t figure out how to “unsync” my Facebook contacts from my other contacts.
See what I’m saying? Spring Break. New Phone. It’s not just an excuse. More text messages will be sent when you’re on vacation, with a new phone, and feel you might just lose your ever livin’ mind. All kidding aside, text will fall into that category of New Connection as well. I know, I’m more apt to text you before I call. Why? It’s easy. I can text, chase toddler boy through the house, text back, do a load of laundry, reply back. Get my drift?
So, with all these new ways of connecting with people do we lose our “real life social instincts?” Do we really need to check in with FourSquare with every place we visit? Do we REALLY need to send that Twitpic of our kids sliding down the SAME slide he slid down a week ago? When we’re sitting alone at a restaurant because our husband went to the bathroom, does the cell NEED to be slid out of our purse to see what’s going on at the next #GNO? And will the Whrrl story we’re capturing REALLY going to be neccessary when we’re missing the best part of life right before our eyes?
If you’re like me, you’d probably answer yes. It’s our new “Social Instinct”, but what if we turn that instant connection to the Mom sitting next to us at the park? Ask her what she’s doing and try not to interrupt her when she answers in more than 140 characters. Then, instead of “Twitpic-ing” that adorable picture, show her… in real time. Our connection with real LIVE people will always exist, further than any social media movement. We’ll always need to talk to the waitress, engage with people in public and the only difference, the most powerful difference, is the ability to see and feel the person in front of you.
Look into their eyes and you’ll capture how their feeling.
Give them a hug to make it all better.
Pray with them, right then, right now, on your knees, together.
Witness tears of sadness and joy.
Feel the sun on their skin.
Hear their breathing.
Brush the hair out of their face.
See their smile when they laugh.
There should be no mistake in interpreting my message today. I still feel Social Media is a powerful tool for news, charity, and media outlets, however, it can never capture our real life. One hundred and forty characters will never be enough. Updating your status to your 200 friends on Facebook can never take the place of telling your friends and family big news in your life. I choose to live out loud, using Social Media and I don’t think that will ever change, however, I’m going to work harder at keeping my real LIVE social instincts without hiding behind the computer screen.
So tell me, where will YOUR social instincts go from here? Will they always be in the palm of your hand? Or in the Palm Pre you hold in your hand?
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