Last month, we wrote a post on business and social media. Now with the holiday season in full swing, I’d like to redirect our focus to being less techie and being more sociable. Everywhere we go, we see people attached to their mobile devices. We spend a lot of time gazing at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, catching up on what others are doing or getting others caught up on what we are doing. What happened to the days when down time while waiting to get that much needed coffee was spent just standing there in line?
Nothing spells out the holiday spirit better than a good ol’ fashioned “Happy Holidays!” tweet that goes out to all of our followers in a single click. At holiday parties and get togethers, all the smartphones and tablets are still out in force, and we may spend just as much time taking photos, texting, and posting about each moment as talking to the people we are supposed to be socializing with.
Don’t get me wrong; I will probably send a “Season’s Greetings!” post to my family and friends, check Facebook to see what they are doing, and use my smartphone to capture some of our precious holiday moments, too. But during this festive season, when we’re at that holiday party or get together, let’s try to put down all the mobile devices and slowly back away – at least for a little while – and look into the faces of our family and friends. Let’s call our faraway loved ones instead of texting them. Let’s look around and feel the magic and awe of the holiday season.
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