Kampala: Social media has become the first growing communication tunnel and part of everyday life with more and more people communicating daily via all social platforms and access to them are much easier and broader.
It cannot be ignored at all but there are more potential threats added to it regardless of our own online participation. When we open our computers, tablets, and/or phones, it is our doors we shut. Community and social companionship is taken away leading us to a world of social confusion and exclusion.
We become slaves to the technology we mastered and thereafter, we become greedy bastards of interests and promotion because we live out our abilities and emotions on what we need to do. We share our own experiences to ourselves other than on a wider spectrum.
If we are there for our families and friends in public, they will be there for us too but if we bury our faces on these gadgets, we tend to loose out the social fabrics leading to social-isolation and many times we do not know if anyone is listening.
We need to learn to talk to one another and co-exit in the social media age and look into someone’s eyes. I have seen some young parents who do not entertain their own children when they are carried away on their iPads and tablets. The playing grounds are becoming empty and the kids are not visiting their peers. Is this why some kids are becoming more obese and plump? This is for another debate.
We are now a generation of idiots and damp people. Therefore, we need to put away our phones etc and look out for our family and friends for a real life social connection so that we can tell them what we have done, hope to do and how we love them. Do not be caught off guard looking for the person you love, she/he is out there on the streets, church/mosque, social gatherings (functions) and at our friends/family houses.
Type as we talk and read as we chat spending hours together making eye contact. Give people time who you love. Go out in the world and keep your gadgets away.