Thursday, September 24, 2015

Is Social Media Making Us Anti-Social?

Nearly all of us are guilty of it.... always being connected to our phones / personal devices.  They have become an extension of us.  I've been in a social setting and for some reason unknown to me I grab my iPhone 6 out of my pocket and check my e-mail, the SF Giants score, or respond to a text message.  Always connected.  Why the urgency?  What has it done to my ability to socialize?  To dry safely?  This is getting crazy!  And I am sure it's annoying the heck out of my wife.

I was watching the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory this past Monday with my youngest daughter who is almost 13.  As the show began, I realized she wasn't watching.  Instead, she was checking out Buzz Feed on her iPhone 5s.  I said, "Honey, don't you want to watch this with me?"  Her reply, "I am watching dad."  Yeah, right.  But I'm guilty of the same thing!

My mother-in-law recently got an iPhone 6+; then she got her own Facebook account.  Same theme.  So many of us are burying our faces in our mobile device and letting life pass us by.  Is all of this connectedness and social media making us anti-social?  Below is one of the best video's I've seen addressing this topic.

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