I prefer a hug over 101 Facebook likes, how about you?
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Social media are great. I just love using all sorts of platforms as they have really enriched my life and I can get and stay in touch with so many old and new friends. And then again, nothing beats a great warm hug – person to person. One thing that social media has not been able to do is to genuinely connect us humans the same way as sharing a moment together in person. So how do you balance the two?
The answer is surprisingly simple. Use social media and all its bounty to the fullest. At the same time scan for opportunities where you can. Seek face to face meeting time wherever and whenever you can. Do not be afraid of personal contact like a hug either. Here are some examples where personal connection time can pay immense dividends:
- Funerals: Filled with emotions they can be really tough. As tough as it is, try making a genuine new connection or rekindle an existing one.
- Moments of collaborating genius: No matter where you meet, there are tremendous opportunities getting to know new people, and / or meeting folks at a completely different level.
- Major disagreement: Using texts and e-mails when you are upset are mind-numbingly ineffective. Get up and meet in person.
- Friends in need: This is the positive version to number 3. When friends are in dire need of help, meet in person. Flush out the real back ground of the issues. Your active listening may lead to finding a solution, and you earn respect and trust.
- Meeting your future significant other: You may be able finding your mate online, but you had better eventually meet in person sooner rather than later.
- What are your greatest moments of meeting with folks in person? Please share in the comment section.
Don’t get me wrong, I just love connect over the Internet and use whatever new tools come our way enhancing my relationships and helping other folks wherever I can. At the end of the day, I still make sure that I go out into our interesting world seeking personal contact. A truly genuine moment between two or more people can still take our breath away, and it will be with us forever. I’ll give you a hug before you can get out your smart phone…