As we become more technologically advanced, the more we become engaged in various video games, social media platforms, newsfeeds, blogs, streaming websites, etc.

In the short amount of time of 30 years, we have jumped leaps and bounds of eye opening technologies to fulfill our needs immediately. While there are countless positive benefits to such uses, it is, however, causing us to become more impatient; increasingly disconnected with decreasing valuable connection with others. Communication has been increasingly more challenging for many including myself. I have witnessed people getting noticeably angered by the lack of “likes” on posts or when we send texts messages, we just use emojis to convey our emotions (excluding lighthearted chats, more on a serious manner). Granted, we may not be thinking shallowly but at times it can be monotone. We adapt and grow from one another’s actions and responses. The less we give each other, the enrichment of our relationships grow weaker, parched and bears no fruit to feast on.

Scrolling through various social media’s “liking” through hundreds of posts each day seems harmless, but we are molding our self worth to feel value through validations of an upvote or views. I, too, am guilty of falling for such attention from the internet.

Showing friends and family love should be more than a public post on Facebook or Instagram. While it gives you the ease and convenience to share with a multitude of others, it has become the dominant way of expressing gratitude and value to life. Life is more precious than a post that will eventually fade into the deepest depths of the internet, soon to be forgotten. While I am not the biggest fan of talking on the phone in general, I much rather hear someone’s voice and receive a handwritten note. Despite my discomforts with more personable forms of communication, it is more fulfilling to the heart and spirit. No audience. A tender moment between me and that individual. There’s a warmth that the internet cannot convey richly. You just never know when you might hear that person’s voice ever again. There are frequented moments I wish to avoid people altogether for various personal reasons but I am gifted somehow each time I come across someone’s eye opening life lesson or story, or just the simple connection of a genuine smile or laughter. It is still out there.

Internet, social media and the alike have obvious valuable strengths that can help, for example, raise awareness and bring more individuals together. We need to remember it’s an addition to broadening our communications, not solely the way of connecting. It’s just important to find that healthy balance (in all things)—just because someone’s life looks “happy” through social media and receives more attention, it does not equate your value or validation. Lets not make assumptions. We only know truly know a person’s life if we actually spend time with them.

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