Take a look around at any group of people, any person sitting on a bus stop, at home on the couch, there is a big chance they are on their phone. It is scary, in 2016, how obsessed we are about the world online. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. What people are saying, what friends are doing. Looking at pictures they post, perhaps commenting on a picture or two, but mostly just surveying. A bird's eye view of what is going on.
Wouldn't it be nice if, in 2016, we switched social media off and actually talked to our friends to find out what was going on? After all, shouldn't we stop watching people live their lives, and actually live our own lives?
Humans should connect. We are meant to. It is sad that we live in a time where, in any situation we are alone, we lift our mobile phones and mindlessly flip through social media. The reason we do this could be so we don't have to talk to people. An example of this is at bus stops. Wouldn't it be nice if we weren't scared of getting eye contact with the person sitting next to us on the bus stop? Would it be so bad if we smiled to them? It's making us lazy and cold.
It's a new year, new opportunities. We could reconnect with old friends, colleagues, people we haven't spoken to for ages. Pretend like you haven't read what they have been doing on Facebook. Be interested, laugh, tell them what you have been up to. Talking to someone on the phone allows you to actually show emotion, and they can hear you laugh. Instead of placing an emoji that simulates your reaction.
There is no arguing that technology is amazing and our lives would not be the same without it, however, sometimes our lives would definitely benefit from switching off social media, and talking to our best friends and catching up.
You will be able to relax, switch off from the constant comparison between yourself and your friends. You can appreciate yourself and the people around you. The average person looks at their mobile phone 110 times a day. If you just picked up your phone and called a friend you wouldn't need to.
If you stay off social media you will have more time to connect with your family and friends, and you won't be so worried about missing out on what is going on. Nothing beats a real conversation with our friends, if not, we might forget what they sound like!
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