Social Media Isn't Real Life

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Social media is fun.  You can connect with people on facebook from all over the world, people you went to high school with, hell even people you went to elementary school with.  You can share news stories, your stories, photos, donate to a good cause.....you can literally do so much!  But, it's not real life.  You can hurt someones feelings, you can make someones day.....you can sell your old car or printer.....but it's not real life.

If you delete someone from facebook, you are not deleting them from life-just your social media "life".  If you block them from instagram, you're not blocking them from life.  You are all still here, we are all still around.  Watching, waiting, living our lives-our real lives.

What matters is the day to day, face to face interactions.  Being told good morning by a friend, a co-worker, hell a stranger - face to face is so much sweeter then something you read on your tiny phone via facebook.

When you ignore someone in real life, it's different then when you do it via social media.

Social media is also a public forum.  Sure we all have "our pages" but they are for the public to see, you type stuff for the public, your peers to view, see & comment on.  If you didn't want people to notice it, or read it - then you wouldn't have put it up in the first place.  A lot of times, most of the time-in fact people don't agree with you.  And a lot of times, they choose not to say anything.  But other times,I guess they feel their cup is full & they may say something.  It's happened to me a few times, and as an adult I tried to fix the situation-talk about it.  Not ignore it, and the person.  Though hard albeit.

We are becoming less and less human and more and more machines it would seem.  Uncaring, unkind, unapologetic.  I hope that in the new year, I can change this about myself & hold my human interaction more dear & seek it out more instead of spending my evenings on messanger chatting with my sister-instead call her up!  Or my BFF Yvonne...call her up instead of waiting to hear back from her on messanger or text.  Maybe others will see that change & we can be more human again & start living a real good social (not social media) life :)

xoxo, Lela

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