Or your walk with a friend who you haven't seen in months is inspired by your ability to text, walk and shop instead of looking in their face for direct communication-UNPLUG.
But let's take a step back for a moment. The habits we create are mirrored by our young people, wait, earlier. Toddlers poke, punch and play on electronics long before the age of two. Becoming not so subtle influencers of our atmosphere, we have to differentiate what is best for the next generation.
Simply Real Moms has the right idea. Check out their tried and true concepts to keep your kids minds and socialization on point: http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/unplug-me-10-activities-without-tv/
My favorites from their list: #2, #5, #6. What are yours?
I'm not leaving the grown-ups out either. When you schedule time to meet with someone for coffee, give Skype a rest once in a while. Connecting with others is actually an essential component in satisfying our need for human contact and interaction. Some of late have lost the ability to hold a sensible conversation. Having become shy when otherwise never having this issue. Disengagement, withdrawal from social activities has become the order of the day.
Why not meet for a meal. Make it healthy to encourage mental clarity and positivity.
Get creative by having everyone participate. Each person that accepts an invitation can contribute a small covered dish. Example: small fruit salad, homemade oatmeal, veggie quiche. Fun choices are endless, increase engagement and can prove to be a motivator.
Don't stop there. Establish another meeting date for the group and expand to increase your network reach. Have fun with this by not making it overly structured, but keep a soft timeline because after all, we have to work some time.
While these tips are yes, online, remember. It is always a good idea to have a healthy, balanced view of the world of technology around us. Just don't forget the people we learn, love and laugh with.
It's not always about how quickly you connect, but the connections you make for a lifetime.
Until next time!