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Posted on 08.30.2011

Finding a Balance between Social Media and Face-to-Face Interaction

A friend and I were recently catching up through Facebook messages when I asked her if she would like to grab coffee. We only live a couple of miles from each other, so I was surprised when she asked me if we could Skype instead. Puzzled, I asked her, "Why would we video chat when we live just a couple of miles from each other?" She replied, “Well, it’s just easier.” This led me to question, are we replacing face-to-face time with our friends, family and loved ones with social media too much? Don’t get me wrong, social media has its time and place. Using social media outlets such as Skype and Facebook to talk to family and friends and even interview potential employees who live far away are not only useful but cost effective. However, these services shouldn’t be the default for catching up with friends who live down the street. Instead of seeing a Facebook message on my phone pop up, I would still like to see a phone call from someone other than my grandmother every now and then. Have you experienced a similar problem? How do you balance social media and face-to-face interaction?  

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