We have access to social media and various online platforms that promote social engagement and human interaction. We see people’s lives unfold right before our eyes and we are able to connect with our friends, family, colleagues and strangers online in a flash. So why are we so disconnected in “real” life? How often do we meet in person and embrace body language as a form of true expression? How often do we speak to one another over the phone? Or do we choose to screen telephone calls and send a text message instead, when it is so much easier to just answer the phone and speak to the person calling you.
How often do you see people who are surrounded by many but if you were to ask them personally and honestly “Do you feel a sense of connection with people around you on a deeper more meaningful level?” often the response if truthful would be that they feel lonely, isolated and alone.
Having social media engagement is one thing but having real life engagement is another. As human beings we enjoy being able to communicate, engage and belong. I often think about our social media era and I reflect upon how we are loosing our true ability to connect with our fellow human beings. I am not talking about the superficial connection of envying others lives and commenting on how wonderful and picturesque their lives are but the connection that runs deep, a connection of truth, love, compassion and friendship.