I’m detecting quite a bit of social media phobia from various age groups, not just oldsters like me. The reasons vary from legitimate privacy concerns to plain old laziness. I know retired teachers who balk at learning these new communications techniques, the basics of which are largely quite intuitive.
I use Skype and Google Hang-Out extensively to fulfill one of the five Life Standards of Living More with Less — Nurture People. That basically means to Build Relationships with humans and other parts of God’s Creation rather than buying and collecting more stuff. Yes, I hear you saying that the internet and computers and Smartphones are stuff. Technology does not need to be collected to be used wisely. One can use an old-ish computer or one at the Public Library. I’m not encouraging buying the latest gadgets.
What a thrill to talk to and SEE our daughter thousands of miles away each Sunday night for an hour – for free! What a thrill to SEE our grandchildren each week when we can’t be with them. How fulfilling to have a productive teleconference with a dear friend every week – all free of the charges of landlines and cell phones. I’m grateful that I can use the same internet service for these personal calls that I pay for SLW! blogs, podcasts, etc.
We have some retired neighbors – really nice folks – who drive across town several times a week to have coffee with friends. They’re proud that they don’t have a computer but they’ll burn a lot of gas at $3.50 a gallon maintaining those relationships. For me that would be an extravagant habit.
Social media can be very helpful to build and maintain actual relationships, especially if we don’t get sucked into advertising and don’t get addicted to games and other nonsense. Peace, Gerald
What’s NOW with SLW!
- YOU may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online. Read WHOSE Birthday? in the archives | WHO’s Risen? Some also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed — ADVENT/CHRISTMAS | LENT/EASTER.
- In stark contrast to the misuse of farmland to produce biofuels presented in the current episode of TheCommonGoodPodcast, Vicki Robin presents a vision of locally produced food and strong community in Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Hear my interview with Vicki on the current SLW! Podcast.With Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin wrote one of the most enduring, influential books to have come from the sustainable living movement, Your Money or Your Life.
- Popular Social Media – Some recent insights on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube from “Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists.” READ MORE
- National Farm Worker Awareness Week (March 24-31) | Facebook | Student Action for Farmworkers | Commemorating the life and witness of El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Central America Week is observed around the anniversary of his assassination while saying mass on March 24, 1980.
- Author, speaker and coach Susan Vogt‘s site FAMLY MATTERS and blog LIVING LIGHTLY have a strong faith-based simple living emphasis. I’ve added her books to the new SLW! Recommends Literacy Service.
- Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – April
- Check out a few of these thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.
- Treasury of Celebrations*: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth Earth – Jan.-April | LENT | EASTER
- Worship Alternatives: Lent/HolyWeek/Easter
- Spirit of Simplicity: Lent/Easter ART | QUOTES
- Lent sermon series
- 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Easter | Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas
- Alternatives’ Seasonal/Thematic Index | LENT
- For Lent/Easter SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see SLW! Podcast episode 13.
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