For those of you who are not devotees or users of social media, God bless you and I envy you. For the rest of us, who have had our lives both enhanced and ruined at the same time, read on.
Now just to keep things in perspective and in full disclosure efforts, I can remember when our family got our first television (singular). I was 7 years old. It was a small table model that my parents decided to put in their bedroom, maybe to avoid the moral corruption of my sisters and me. After all you never knew what Ozzie and Harriet were going to do next. And the “Beaver” what a cut up.
So in that framework I would like to address the joys and sorrows of social media. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and all the rest I am too old to appreciate.
Today’s millennial (18-34) have become so electronically engaged and dependent they are barely able to carry on a conversation without some sort of electronic devise either in their hand or very near by. They have hundreds of “friends” and even thousands, but what do they really know about these people? We know who is engaged, having babies, breaking up, getting their haircut and pretty much anything else they are so moved to share. I believe social media has done a lot of good in putting forth information for our health, safety and well being, but for each of those there are a scam waiting to part us from our money.
But do we know them, their hearts, their dreams, their struggles and heartaches? Probably not. Let’s not let keys and a screen replace the need we have for human contact, warm words and someone to wipe away our tears. Let’s not let it become ante-social media. Let’s be the kind of friend that will be there in person to provide a shoulder to cry on, not just post a sad faced emoji. Let’s be the friend that brings food to a grieving family, not just post a recipe. Let’s use social media as a supplement to face-to-face friendships. Let’s be more than a Facebook friend.