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How to embrace social media as part of socializing with people


All of my life I've seen people draw an arbitrary line somewhere. That is, they'll say things like "It's not a book unless it's printed on paper!" or "It's not human interaction unless you're face-to-face". The list goes on and on, and it often makes me feel sad, as these people are imposing artificial limitations on what they can experience. And when it comes to human interaction, to me everything counts, from face-to-face to telephone conversations, to postcards, to emails, to social media, like Facebook.

How people communicate doesn't matter to me. There have been times in my life when all that I could do is touch someone's hand, and other times when all that I could do was send an email. And so I embrace all forms of human communication. If you don't, I'm so sorry, as you're missing out.

Humans are social animals. We need connections with other humans. And that includes people who can't hear, can't speak, can't walk, can't see. And thankfully there are many different ways to connect to our fellow human beings, and social media, like Facebook, is just one of them.

Now calm down here if you think I'm boosting Facebook, I'm not. I'm boosting all types of social interaction which can enrich your life. This has nothing to do with computers, or cell phones, and it has everything to do with what we humans have invented to connect.

I'm not suggesting that you go and sign up for every type of social media out there. I'm also not suggesting that you spend all of your day on the phone, or writing postcards. But I do suggest that you embrace as many of these things as you can. If you are blessed with the gift of sight, glance at your cell phone and see a picture of my dog on Instagram. If you can speak, and hear, make a phone call. If you can move through the physical world, visit someone face-to-face. You don't need to pick and choose, you can do as many as you can.

Social media isn't about computers, or cell phones, any more than books are about trees. It's something that we humans have invented to communicate and connect. I suggest you try some, and see if you like it. You may be surprised.