The times have changed in how we interact with others on a daily basis. If you grew up before social media escalated and became increasingly popular, you’ll remember how interactions were far different to how they are now. We used the telephone at home to talk to friends, we would go next door to play with the neighbours kids and sometimes even talk to people we might not know. There is more online noise and information that we’re consuming. There is speed in communication, but value in conversation is the most important thing, no matter how convenient it is to reach someone.
sharing It’s wonderful to share with others what you do in person, and have a conversation on life and what not. I suppose that translates to online in that what we share requires balance. It’s good to share what you like, but it’s important to have moderation, because most of the simple memories are the ones we keep to ourselves.
privacy I feel that there is less mystery now compared to when we wouldn’t know what someone is doing, where they are and so forth. However, privacy is one of those things that we can choose (similar to sharing) how much we want to show.
relationships My close relationships with friends and family are often those that I see in person, or even those that I might not talk to for a while, but when you reconnect in person it feels just the same. It’s easy to be online friends with many people, but in-person contact definitely solidifies a deeper friendship.
follows I only follow people I feel are a positive influence and that I feel interested to see what they are doing and how they are. Before social media was what it is now, we tend to catch up, surround ourselves and make friends with people we feel good around.
daily routine social media is a normal, regular part of many people’s everyday routine. I remember before social media, I spent a lot more time reading the newspaper while I was having breakfast, playing with puzzles, going to the library for an afternoon (which I still love to do) and being creative with my hands.
online personality When I think of social media apps like Instagram, there can definitely be a narrow snapshot of what the person is like. We only get a tiny glimpse from a shot snapped in a second. We can choose what we want to show and we can show ourselves a certain way.
in person The best form of communication is always in person, even though it’s great that we can connect with people online, especially if we’re unable to see them often. I’m grateful for social media, and at the same time, when I’m with the ones I love, I don’t tend to use my phone so much. It’s the ability to be in the present that is important.
over consumption As I previously mentioned, I tend to only follow those I know I’ll like their posts almost every time they post. I feel that then gives an added value, rather than joining the noise and mindlessly passing through many posts. It also saves time to minimize the amount of online content you consume.