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Nurturing Relationships via Social Media

Posted on: March 29, 2014

9-A1339I’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

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