A friend and I had been trying to catch up for ages since she returned from overseas, but we are busy and we live in different states. After saying “we must we must” but never finding time, I said to her – ok that’s it – we need to make a firm date – we are always finding it hard before or after dinner so let’s have dinner together! So we set an evening and decided that we would skype during a meal time (yes I know I usually say turn off the technology during meal times – but bear with me!).
We set the date and time and as we poured a glass of wine and served our meals, we turned on our skype. It was so lovely. It truly was just like going out! We had a wonderful time chatting through our meal and it made me so aware once again of the many positive benefits of social media which are happening by the millions every day, but always overshadowed by any negatives.
It got me thinking – that there definitely can be times when you can have technology on during meal times! For example, if you can’t be with your Mum for Mothers day – how about cooking lunch and skyping her with the family around the table. You will need a reasonable internet connection and some ground rules so people don’t talk over everyone. How about placing Mum at the head of the table and enjoying a “virtual” family get together?
It is not as wonderful as being able to touch and hug – so I would never advocate giving up really visiting each other because I strongly believe it is important for humans to connect with each other . We have such defined sense of touch and nothing beats a hug.
If you have a friend you haven’t seen for a while – get in touch and make a date – it’s such a lot of fun!
I will finish with this statement:
the beauty of social media is that when you really can’t connect because of distance – there is no reason to become distant.
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