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Is Social Media and Modern Technology Driving Us Apart?

Those that know me, or have come into contact with me at some point, know I am a “contact” person. I believe in face to face, one on one conversations rather than group meetings for example. I believe in greeting a person with a handshake, rather than a social media hello, or actually hugging someone rather than sending someone a hug. In short, I believe in human touch.

Social media in our daily lives most certainly has it’s purpose, and serves us well. It’s a crucial part of  the society we live in today. The trouble is, we have too much of it, and we spend too much time with it. Ask yourself, “What am I missing with my face buried in my smartphone?” Sometimes we focus too much on that next tweet or post, rather than living our own life in the here and now. It’s easy to loose ourselves in someone else’s life.

As human beings, we need both physical touch and social contact. We get the social contact on Twitter for example, but no physical touch at all. The physical touch of another person whether it be a handshake, a hug, or a kiss, has been proven to be beneficial to one’s health by lowering their stress level (for example.) Trust me, a person will enjoy a hug a lot more than a tweet or post.

So, what’s the solution? Try blending your social media with personal contacts. Lets try finding a balance between to the two.Take a break from your social media accounts for a few hours per day. When you see your friends, give them a hug. Play with your kids a little more, take your dog for a walk, and, take time for yourself to reconnect by living in the moment. You might miss a tweet or two, but be honest, is it really that important?

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