I recently went on a family vacation with my husband’s family. We “escaped” to the mountains of Vermont. Because of my work schedule I was only able to go for a few days, but it was still relaxing.
While there I spent time on my phone, because these days it’s just like carrying a book, magazine and mini TV. I read articles in the morning like someone would read a newspaper. I cruise Twitter poolside as someone may flip through a magazine. And I check up on videos posted in the evening much like someone may watch the news.
Yet I was getting chastised for having my phone in hand. This while others would be listening to their iPods, watching TV or reading a book.
At one point I was even told that social media takes the social out of it.
In fact, I have met some wonderful people, made tremendous friendships, and gone to magnificent places because of social media.
Last year I was at the US Open. In the spring I was at a Kenny Rogers concert. And two weeks ago I was on Martha’s Vineyard. All because of Twitter.
Sure, there are times when the phone should go away, just like you wouldn’t read a newspaper at church. However, to say that social media isn’t social is naive.
What do you think?