This post is written by guest contributor Caitrin Wilson.
Our world is constantly changing, I don’t need to sit here and tell that to you. It’s common sense. While technology proves to have MANY benefits, it is destroying the concept of “humanity”: the quality or condition of being human (dictionary.com). Being human, to me, is waking up each day ready for a new adventure. It is looking for love, and holding onto it when you find that special someone. It is welcoming a new life into this world, and cherishing all the moments that are brought with the new life. Growing up, I would always see people outside enjoying the nice day. Children playing in the park, parents taking evening walks. However, now the kids are inside playing video games. Parents are behind screens, working their lives away. And don’t get me wrong, technology has huge benefits- from modern medicine to easier ways to stay in touch. However, is it becoming too much?
Relationships have greatly differed over time (obviously, we are humans. We CHANGE). But some of the changes are taking away from the human interaction that we so long for. Here are a few examples, and even little changes we can make to intertwine our normal human routine with the technology we use daily.
- Instead of texting “I’m here!” when picking someone up (especially for dates), get out of the car and press this thing called a “doorbell”. Go on… press it. I promise it doesn’t bite! Bonus points if you have a few flowers in hand… gentlemen.
- Instead of “liking” a new profile pic or Instagram #selfie, tell that person how beautiful, handsome, stunning (you get the point) they are. Even if you text them the compliment, it will sure put a smile on their face more than a simple “like” would. Par exemple, “Hey! You look really pretty in that picture you posted, just thought I would let you know! Thinking of you xoxo” or something along those lines; doesn’t have to be as cheesy.
- Even better? Say it to their face.
- Instead of snapchatting the newly purchased drinks from the bar and writing “wish you were here!!”, invite them.
- Do you send “thank you” texts? “Thank you” cards are even cooler. Plus, no one sends them anymore, so they’ll be really surprised.
- Tweeting “Wow I love ____ so much! #blessed” Call your lovie up, and thank them for being the macaroni to your cheese and say why you appreciate them so much.
- Constantly posting pictures of your children, nieces, nephews, etc., and commenting on what you guys are doing… Next time you spend time with the kids, turn your phone on silent and focus on the present moment. Cherish every second of holding your newborn in your arms, without your phone in hand!
It is so convenient to use our phone and social media sites to express how we feel, but it is taking away from the authentic human interaction tools we need to survive emotionally. These are just a few examples, and I’m sure you could think of many more! Have examples? Leave us a comment below or email us!