How connected are we?

In this world of social media posts, comments in 140 characters or less, selfies, and Instagram pics, how connected are we really to those who are our friends and follow us? Do we really know those who we claim to be associated with? How deep are those relationships( if we can even call them that)? It was about two weeks ago that I decided to erase myself from Fakebook. In the time that I have removed myself, only 3 people have reached out to ask if I deleted my account. What does that tell you? I would get lots of likes on my posts, pictures, and comments. Now, I am not there and no one really noticed or they are too wrapped up in their own lives to notice. I am not saying this in a way that makes me seem upset, I am merely commenting on an observation. With social media, I feel, we all feel we are connected to others, when really we are alone somewhere having a conversation with another and never really seeing them in person. Many of us do not take the time to have an actual face to face meeting with someone. We rely on social media outlets to make us feel connected. I had joined a mom’s group in my area on FB. Now that I am not on there, there is really no way for me to know about the get togethers and be a part of that. The first few days of being off FB, I realized I am always in my phone. I would go to my phone out of habit and try to look at FB. The app wasn’t there and I realized how addicted I was to it. Now I have to find something else to do, like pay attention to my kids, clean, make phone calls, and interact with others in person. It amazes me how others can hurt one another on social media. Everything is on the web and out in the open. The amount of humiliation and nasty messages that plague the web are disgusting. Children and adults are bullied through messaging, texting, and other various social media outlets. Instead of hanging out online, find a friend to go out with. Make true connections. It is not about how many connections you have, but how deep they are that counts….