Social networking has become a part of our culture. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are now trademarks of our evolution. Do they help us stay in touch? Of course, they do. Now you have the ability to notify your friends and family around the world of your plans in seconds. Still, something has been lost. I was at a restaurant when I saw a group of teens dining together. All of them had their phones out, they were not interacting with each but rather with their devices. Personally I found this shocking.
I am only twenty-three years, but I remember a time before cell phones. When to network you had to go outside and speak to other people. As a child that was the goal, to be outside. With this younger generation, I worry because that seems to have lost all appeal. I watch kids nowadays throw tantrums if the must separate from their devices. Be completely unimpressed with jungle gyms. This development in our society is one with grave repercussions.
Childhood obesity has become a hot topic in the last few years. We have heard from specialists and even made a few small changes. Still, there is no urgency behind the movement. Our kids sit all day in front of computers, phones or tablets and eat food thrown at them from the window at a drive-thru. All this because it is convenient. Social networking is easy; you just hit a few buttons and watch the world react. Although in my opinion what this turn has done is disconnect us. Technology is an amazing tool. It makes our lives simpler, and we all appreciate that. It is not a way of life, however, and I believe that is where we have gotten confused.
To change this, we must start in our own homes. Taking the action that we see fit and following through with it. I look forward to creating more balance between my life and technology. Hopefully, you do the same.