Our society today has become so focused on connecting with technology, connecting with other humans via technology, that we have almost lost all forms of real social fun. We no longer go outside the house as much as we used to. We don’t talk to friends as much as we used to. We use social networking sites to chat with friends instead of talking to them in person or on the phone. We text message and instant message and check emails twenty times a day. But all of that connecting is separating us from relaxation, from fun, from actually connecting with other humans beings.
Although social networking sites and instant messages and text messages are good tools for staying in touch with friends, they shouldn’t take the place of actually getting out and doing things. Getting outside of the house, even if it’s not out in nature on a hike or rafting trip, is something our society doesn’t get enough of. We need to do it more. Get out of the house. Go to the movies with friends. Meet for dinner or drinks. Karaoke with friends. Or try your hand at paintball.
Something as simple as going to the movies is a good way to reconnect with friends. Movie theatres abound across the US with a plethora of movies to choose from, no matter what your taste. Of course, movies are mad to be watched, and it’s hard to chat with your friends while watching a movie. After the movie, you can grab a bite to eat or drink and discus the movie, though.
Or perhaps just having dinner with friends or having a few drinks at a coffee shop will help you reconnect. Try to take one or two nights a month to do something fun like that. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or too time-consuming. Just do something that takes you away from the internet and your connection to technology.
Karaoke is always a blast, too, but like the movies, it’s hard to actually chat while you do that activity. Even if you can’t sing well, you can still go to a karaoke bar and have a blast with your friends.
Getting out and trying other fun things like paintball would be a way to reconnect. You can try a new sport that you’ve never done before, and have a blast reconnecting with friends. Instead of shooting figures on a TV screen via a video game, you are actually shooting paint pellets at your friends or some other opponent.
Do something fun. Disconnect from the internet for one evening. Actually reconnect with your friends. Go to the movies, grab some dinner. Karaoke with your friends. Or get outside and play some paintball. Do something fun. The text messaging and video games and internet will be there when you get back. Just try not to let all this technology overtake your life.