Why social media is bad for you….

Over recent weeks I’ve been wondering why the devil I haven’t seen many of my friends in flesh over the past few years.  We seem so absorbed by social media that it has become the accepted norm when it comes to following your friends adventures and perils.

To an extent, social media has made us lazy.  We don’t send birthday cards anymore.  We often don’t even buy gifts for the occasion or head out to dinner.  Instead we utter a lazy 13 characters (14 if you include a customary exclamation mark) which takes a lazy five seconds or so on our phone.  Yep, too often we just type in “happy birthday” and then hit send.  That’s it!  Pathetic of us isn’t it?  And we are all universally guilty of this breach.

Once upon a time we’d meet up after work or on weekends at coffee shops, head out to the movies or catch up for dinner and drinks.  Don’t get me wrong, i’m sure many of us still do to an extent but I know I am most terribly guilty of being content just to follow other on social media instead of talking to them one on one in the flesh.  Does this happen with you?

As a way of counter acting this, in 2015 I am going to go out of my way to make the effort to catch up with people instead of simply watching them grow older through a smart phone or tablet.

The first cab of the rank will be Alison.  I’ve known her since 1997 but have not actually seen her in person for at least a decade.  How did that happen?  Living abroad, jobs and all that sort of lark has a small part to play but at the end of the day, it’s still no excuse to wait this long between drinks.

Maybe 2015 could be the year we all make the effort to relax our addiction to social media and become real life human beings again?

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