Social Media / Priorities – part 4

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I love this thought from Russ Ramsey… (please read carefully and slowly – it's really good) –

In our amazing era of digital immediacy, I can tell the world where I
am and what I’m doing while I’m doing it. I can present myself as a busy
man living a rich and full life. I can take pictures of my meals, log
my locations, snap photos of the people I’m with, and weigh in on what’s
happening around the globe 140 characters at a time. But none of these
things mean I’ve been paying attention.

The degree to which we are able to be present in the moment,
psychologists say, is one of the chief indicators of mental health and
security in our personal identity. I can buy that. And I would submit
that this takes a lot of courage.

I have been at concerts or at events where someone was "watching" the concert through their phone – because they wanted to get it on video so they could "post it." It seems to me, they may as well have stayed home.

When on vacation or visiting Niagara Falls – I've been asked to take photos for families and they were yelling at their kids to do this or that ("stop doing that" "Smile" "leave your brother alone").  It was tense! I was scared and they weren't yelling at me. Then all of a sudden everyone is supposed to smile. And I think "That's not a real photo! If you want the real photo, let me take it of you, mom, yelling at your kids and dad being disinterested posting thoughts on Twitter or answering company email."

I've done this. I've been guilty of wanting to get a photo of an experience for a photo album or for my blog that I end up spending more time letting people know where I am, or documenting it for a scrapbook, or replying to work emails that I'm not engaged with the people I am there with, and whenever we do that – we lose out on the moment itself.

4 comments
  1. I recently watched a couple sitting across a table at Olive Garden. They were both catching up on facebook for several minutes. I never saw them talk the whole time. I wanted to take a picture to post on facebook.

  2. Great observation, David. I carry my camera alot less now for just that reason. I spent years photographing everything my kids did and everywhere we went and you know what? …. Our marriage ended, our precious family
    crumbled the those photographed memories can be painful and no one even looks at those pictures that I thought were so important to take, yep … hollering at the kids to smile! 🙂

    Life is crazy but GOOD, just the same. Thank God He is in control !!!

    Enjoy the moments in your day ~

  3. Ironically, I am now in a room high atop the embassy suites overlooking the falls while reading your blog post. We are celebrating our marriage. I happen to love the fact that I can share these moments with my friends and family all over the country and relish their interaction as an enhancement to “being in the moment”. Thank God for bringing us closer together through technology. What a blessing!

  4. Thats fine. Im sure there can be a balance to it. I think it is worth
    considering. I just think people should think about such things. No
    matter where you land on it – that is good, if you do it carefully and wisely.

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