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Making Connections

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week of work and running. I didn’t get much writing done this week because I’ve increased the frequency of my runs. I love summer and I’m trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I also have a new idea percolating, and once I get it put together in my head, I’ll be starting a new project.

But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about making connections. Last night I went to a movie with a friend, and it was so nice to see her. I hadn’t seen her in a couple of months, and we needed to catch up.

It’s important that we have in person get togethers. Especially now, with the invention of social media where we don’t physically meet anymore. We still need to have social skills. Humans are social animals. We need that interaction to feel connected. We need hugs and physical contact.

Technology is amazing. I love that I can google anything. The internet has made researching for my writing so much easier, but it can’t replace physical touch. I worry about the younger generation’s dependence on their devices. I hear scary stories of them hooking up just for sex and that scares me. Where is the emotional connection that we need for love?

I try to get my kids to socialize in other ways besides social media, and I’ve been successful in getting them to make connections with their friends, but it doesn’t feel the same as when I was younger. The overuse of social media has been linked to depression and anxiety. Experts haven’t proven there’s a link between social media and teen suicide, but along with the rise of social media, there has also been a rise in teen suicide after decades of a decline. This is worrisome. We need to monitor our kids to make sure they’re not becoming dependent on their games or social media, but it’s hard to monitor during the summer months when parents have full time jobs. On the plus side, connecting via the internet is safer in some ways with mass shootings and school shootings on the rise. Plus, with the online connection at least I know where my kids are.  

So, there are positives and negatives to social media use. What are your thoughts? Are you worried our kids will lose the ability to make emotional connections? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

14 thoughts on “Making Connections

  1. Yes, Lisa, this world has changed so much since I was a youngster. A lot for the good, but not the greatest for physically connecting with others. We used to play outside with our friends all the time. I think that’s really missing now. We need to connect with nature more than ever. Great post, girlfriend 😎❤️

  2. This is a very good post, and it’s very true. With the metaverse looming, people are only going to feel more disconnected and lonely. It’s very important to go out there, meet people and enjoy real, solid interaction. I’ve started limiting my time on the internet.

  3. SM has taken away people around world like a swarm , few years ago things were different,
    But one thing to be noted that one must also learn how to go without it,
    Because over use might turn out to bring health issues plus inability to meet those whom we know personally,

  4. I find myself being a totally hermit these days, Linda. Just today I called a schoolmate, who takes the trouble to call me now and then. I honestly found that conversation difficult – and wonder if would have been any better in person. I’m glad you had a good time with your friend.

    1. But sometimes you don’t know a conversation is going to be difficult until you’re chatting. I forgot to add this part to my answer. I was thinking it. LOL!

  5. My kids made a real, live, in-person friend from our little village this summer. It’s so wonderful to have them heading off to the pool, to go fish, to go skateboard–just like we grew up, far away from a screen. Does it make me a little nervous, as I’ve held off on phones. Sure. But it’s worth it for me to see my guys active and social before they’re stuck inside at school in just a few weeks!

    1. I’m glad to hear you’re little guys are making friends. I think it’s awesome. I hear you about being nervous, though. It sure is a different world than what we had growing up. But, I think there is safety in numbers. I wish we were more like Finland when it came to our school system. I thin they’re definitely on to something over there. 🙂

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