Pick up the phone😊, Facebook and other Social Media REALITIES

I have to admit that I am really bad about talking on the phone although I do enjoy it once I get in the conversation. I wasn’t always this way but years ago, I easily accepted the shortcuts and the paths to a more efficient way of communicating. Hey, don’t judge🤓, life was hectic and it seemed I was always busy. Nonetheless, I was proud of myself for being so tech savvy each time I figured out a new app, a new part of my phone or a new tool on my computer. And, when social media came into the picture, I was excited.

I immersed myself in it realizing at the very beginning how much time I could save, how much drama I could stay out of, and how many new friends and family I could stay connected with and check in with through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

While social media has its place in our lives today, it can’t replace the sound of a human voice on the phone. I remember two very significant and emotional times in my life when I received phone calls when I needed them the most. The first was a call from my Mom after she found out I’d had a miscarriage shortly after being to the doctor and hearing the baby’s heartbeat. It really helped soothe my grief hearing her voice and how she had gone through losing babies too. The other call was from my sister-in-law. Again, hearing her voice after receiving life changing health news helped calm my spirit. I can still remember the place I was sitting while I talked to both of these inspirational and caring women. Never underestimate how much the sound of the human voice on the phone or in person can impact someone.

The same goes for sharing good things that happen too. Think about it, when you get good news, most of us have that ‘go to’ person that we want to share it with first. And, most of the time, we want to hear their voice on the phone as they share in our excitement. Then, we want to tell everyone….’shout it from the mountaintops’ if you will. That’s where social media shines. It gets the word out fast.

So, in reality, both are good but having one without the other just doesn’t work for me. I think I need both. I now really enjoy talking on the phone and I think that social media can never replace the lifeline we get from those more intimate interactions. At the same time, I really enjoy social media even if it makes me feel a little disconnected now and then it helps me stay in touch, from a distance, with the happenings in my friends and family’s lives.

I’m guessing that social media is here to stay so we move forward and try to find the balance.

Finding that balance is hard but doable. First, put the phone down when you are with other people. Second, pick up the phone and reach out and call someone. Take the chance that they will pick up just to hear your voice. Third, don’t give up the social media as it keeps us connected with those far away…even people on the other side of the world from us. It has its place but it can’t replace the need for real human interaction. Fourth, stay connected any way you can. Relationships need to be nourished.

I think Dr. Seuss said it best…”sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory💜. I have lots of memories and have learned and am still learning how to cherish the moments.

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