Technology is great! Hell, soical media is even better. With the power of social media people can get connected to others from their past, you can stay on top of people's and events, and it is an awesome way of promoting a product or a book like I am doing. By the power of social media word can spread so quickly and really help out an author who is going with independent publishing. But I must admit I am still old fashioned in some way. There is such an overload of social media that a lot of good things get lost in the mix. So I decided to have some post cards made up promoting my book and am going to mail them out to organizations geared towards ms, since that's what my book is about and will be my platform. I will also be mailing them to local and bigger chain book stores, libraries, and local newspapers and news channels. Like I said with social media so much gets lost and brushed aside. But having a piece of paper in your hand can actually have a more lasting impression. Just like a hand written thank you note.
But as much positivity there is to social media there is also a down side. People just don't humanly interact with each other they way they use to. Instead of a good, hearty laugh together it is now a simple LOL. It's just not the same effect. I see people who are friends at dinner together but their noses are buried in their smartphones. I see this happenning with people of all ages, not just kids and teenagers. Sadly this is becoming the way of the world and we are losing our human interaction skills. I make it a purpose that when I am hanging out with someone I spend little to no time on my phone. I also try to teach my kids the same thing. It basically comes down to finding a healthy middle ground when it comes to social media and human interaction. As of right now, I beilieve human interaction is losing ground. I do little things like on Sundays I make a big dinner and have everyone sit around the dining room table. No TV or no phones. It doesn't even matter if we really talk much, it is just the point of being together. Doing little things like this whether you have children or not I believe has to become a necessity. We are humans. Humans need human interaction to thrive. A text message can never relate a true emotion as when you see it on someone's face. And when a tradgedy strikes, sending a sympathic text message just don't cut it. To me that is just dispicable. Some things like a death or illness in a friend's life deserves an actual phone call or personal meeting.
We have become lazy in our interactions. I know texting saves some and is good for quick info bits but for the real deal human interaction is a must. I just hope this issue is getting recognition so our children don't grow up lacking complete human social interaction skills.