That’s a headline from a Fox news report. The headline tells pretty much the whole tragic story. The parents wanted their daughter, a college student, to focus more on her studies.
It also raises important questions about social media. I’m on Facebook. Most, not all, folks I know are on Facebook. It helped me reconnect with a lot of old friends I hadn’t seen in years. It is a place to see photos of friends and family as events take place. It’s entertaining and fun. It also is too much information
about some folks. But I can turn them off my feed. Twitter helps me keep track of breaking news (if you have reliable sources to track). Beyond that, I’m not sure I understand Twitter.
Social media is allowing some folks to live their lives literally out loud. People need to be careful it does not become a substitute for human contact – contact in this regard being defined as verbal conversation between two or more people. I know some folks report significant life events – engagements, births, injuries and more – on Facebook. I’d rather hear that news personally if it affects a loved one. I know someone who received a text from a loved one that said, “Call me immediately.” Uh, that person couldn’t have called instead of texted? Do you see what I mean about living life through social media or texting?
So, human beings, let’s not forget human contact. Social media isn’t as social as human contact.