You have been there before – you are sitting around a table with a group of friends, and you get a little lost in the conversation, so you pull out your cell phone.
You log in to social media to interact with people. You go to dinners and social gatherings to interact with people. Which of these is more authentic?
Unfortunately too many are choosing the convenience of social media to interact. And ignoring the chance in the real life to do the same.
We are foregoing relationships and chances to act in real life for the opportunity to get another like or comment on social media. And for what?
Put it down. Look up and make eye contact. Listen to those you are with. Offer your advice. Engage in conversation.
We are searching for belonging and connection online, and so often that belonging and connection is right in front of us. It’s up to us to open our eyes and ears, and listen.
When my daughter tugs on me today to put down my cell phone and play with her, I will oblige. Because that interaction is so much more precious than anything I could come across online.
Take advantage of the what’s in front of you.