This post is evidence that I enjoy and take advantage of the positive benefits of social media, HOWEVER, a few weeks ago I posted this picture on my Facebook page along with the following text:
“Every soul at the gate isolated & absorbed in a device. I could’ve been naked and no one would have noticed.”
The picture and text must have touched a nerve because I received over 120 comments.
Then I got an insightful and thought provoking photo from follower, Joe Caggiano. Please read further to see Joe’s photo and my deeper comments on the issue of social media.
I promise that I am fully clothed in all photos!!
We were at “Shogun,” a mixture of Japanese cuisine, acrobatic food preparation and pure family fun. We had come to celebrate an award that my young grandson, Bailey, had won.
We shared the preparation grill with another family, a mom, dad and two boys who appeared to be somewhere between the ages of 7 and 12.
What I observed as we spent 70 minutes in this in this amazing place caused me to wonder, “What in the world is happening to us?”
My dad and me.
He found a way to say the words.
After receiving a Gold Medallion Award for my book, Jumper Fables, I sped to the airport to catch a flight home. Tucked under my arm was a plaque engraved with my name commemorating the honor.
When the plane leveled off at 35,000 feet, I tipped my seat back to catch up on some sleep and glanced up at the overhead bin where the plaque was stored.
Without warning, I started sobbing.
In my book “How to live with your Kids when you have already Lost your Mind,” I identify three levels of communication that we generally use as we talk to our children. Although all three levels are essential to survival it is important to think about all the levels of communication we can use and how they impact the relationships with those we care about.
Pay attention leaders and grandparents! These are also great principles for us to practice.
Last night I walked into a fine dining establishment and was shocked by what I saw. Couples, families, groups of friends sitting together at tables yet absorbed in different worlds, each staring into the device of their choice, oblivious to the souls around them.
Last week I watched a 13 year old girl walk into a light post while texting.