“He didn’t like my latest Instagram picture.” “She never puts me in her status updates.” “I haven’t gotten together with them in years, but they “like” every single one of my posts.”
Isn’t it interesting how we have turned into a society of ‘commitment clicks’? If you like a status or tweet or an Instagram picture, it somehow gives you the feeling of being committed to or supportive of that person. We celebrate engagements with posts instead of phone calls; we announce pregnancies with funky pictures instead of human interaction; we click/share/tweet instead of actually going and experiencing something in person.
In my world clicks don’t necessarily equal commitment or support. The “thumbs up” are appreciated, the engagement is even better, but a click isn’t representative of a relationship between people.
When I scroll through my feed(s) and look at my regular followers and readers, it is actually a wonderful feeling because most of them I see on a fairly regular basis. We make the effort to have dates and travel the distances necessary to share face-to-face contact. While we might like the odd tweet or love each others Insta-feed, it makes it extra special when you have plans to see them in the near future.
I know that many will debate that our online feed is wonderful for keeping in touch with family and friends miles away from us (and many professional contacts too). I’m not disagreeing with you whatsoever, but I have a 5-hour rule – if someone lives within 5 hours of you, there is no excuse to not see each other as often as you’d like if it is a priority in your life. Halfway points, train ticket sales, etc. The options and opportunities are endless in my opinion.
My blog post today is a short one, sparked by conversations with close friends on the importance of social media in our lives and the greater need to embrace in-person opportunities to see those important to us. I welcome debate and comments on the topic matter, as I’m sure it is full of differing opinions…However, I am signing off to do my homework like a good student.
Over and out friends! May you save the “click” every now and then and commit to the drives/phone calls/etc. Those close to you will thank you.