I adore social media. Blogging, facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and google plus. It’s an easy way to stay connected to people and to meet new friends.
I sometimes look at my phone when it rings and think WHY can’t whoever is calling just email or text me. I don’t have time for the phone. I’ve been known to bemoan “I hate the phone” more times than I can count.
I’m staying in touch with people if I “like” their facebook status, right? I mean that should totally count as keeping up with each other, right?
Giving up social media is not something you’ll see me doing. And in the world of blogging and then the work I do as a social media strategist… it’s 100% necessary.
My dear friend Kir of The Kir Corner said it beautifully in a Pour Your Heart Out post a few weeks back: I miss talking to people. <— Read it. Seriously.
Her lovely words expressed feelings I’d had but pushed away because I’d think who has time to pick up the phone or to *gasp* meet in person? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
But there really is something to be said for actually talking to someone. Whether it’s on the phone or in person.
When you can hear the other person’s tone and they can hear yours.
When your conversation veers off on a wild tangent because something one of you said made you think of something that’s only related in a seven degrees of separation sort of way.
When you can hear each other laughing instead of typing LOL or a smiley face emoticon.
Recently, I had long phone conversations with two of my oldest friends(not age-wise, just been around the longest. We’re all still young. Or so I’m going to claim for a long time to come). Granted, both took place while I was on long car rides with no children with me, so I couldn’t be doing anything else other than badly singing along with the radio and I was actually able to hear them. I couldn’t be texting or tweeting or facebooking or emailing or anything else. So I took that downtime to actually talk.
I loved being able to catch up with my friends. There was a different feel than the short electronic messages we send each other otherwise. And because it was just us, we could share things that ohmygosh no one else ever needs to hear that and let’s hope we’re the only ones who remember that.
Both times, I hung up the phone smiling and thinking that I need to make more time to actually talk to friends. Even better if I can have one of those chats in person. But for now, I’m making a promise that I will pick up the phone more often.
Is there someone you haven’t talked to outside of offline in a while that you’d love to chat with? Pick up the phone. And then come back and tell us about it.
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