There's a video that's just started doing the rounds all about how social media is preventing us from living essentially. It's a really nice five minute long short film - the link can be found at the bottom.
"Look up and see what you're missing out on" - that's the message that this person, Gary Turk, is trying to put out there.
He says that we're all spending too much time on social media, and the irony is that it's not actually that social. So I'm gonna encourage his idea of trying to get people back to being social... Let's see...
How many friends do you have on your social media - be that facebook for example?
And how many of those do you actually have regular contact with? No, not on their "walls" or via email, as in actually looking them in the eye (and no, not over skype) or being able to hold their hand.
Not as many as you thought?
You see, as good as social media is for keeping people in touch with each other, the irony is that you never do touch. As he says in the video, you chat to them for ages and you're eager to share all your good news, but how "real" are you? And do they know the "real" you?
There are the few out there who use social media to have a whinge or a moan, but overall we create a very superficial lives for ourselves, a very positive one, on social media. We share the us that we want people to see.
So let's try something. Let's all, for one night, put away those phones and tablets. Let's have a curfew and actually try to spend time with people. Talk. Get to know each other.
Go out to the pub and round up some friends. Take your partner out for a walk. Or maybe just watch television with your family and chat to each other during the ads like you used to.
We need to start living life and taking in what's around us, and that isn't through a computer screen.
So why not try it? I think I might start now...
Here's the video: http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-video-everyone-needs-to-see-for-the-first-time-in-my-life-im-speechless/