When we travel on the road, life can get lonely. Really. I know we are constantly around people. New church members, and community members alike, make this like exciting and fun. But those people who you are close to, your family and friends, they are no longer there. And it can be hard.
That is why I love social media. With websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare I can stay in touch with those people who I am always leaving behind. I know what they are doing, thinking, eating, shopping at, everything almost!
Some days, I wonder how I was able to survive without social media. Truly. I know that is silly, but it really has changed the way I communicate and my relationships with others as well.
Also, when ever we start connection with people in a new town, we have to leave. So towards the end of our stay in a new place, I search for all my new friends on Facebook. That way, I can connect with them even after we are gone.
We like to joke that we are going to have the most friends in Heaven one day. You know, Heaven will be an ultimate social media outlet. Spending eternity with all your friends, sounds great!
In some ways, I do realize that it has impacted my life almost negatively though too.
You see, back in the day, I used to call people on the phone more often and send cards through the mail. Those personal touches are being lost in this new world of social media. Texting, emailing and posting comments in short bursts on Facebook and Twitter are becoming the norm.
I think we all appreciate social media, but need to remember that relationships take time and personal interaction.