Inspire Virtual Mag_Issue 4_May.June 2013

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disconnected in a highly connected world - fruit salad, anyone?

Everyday, we are inundated with email, blogs, texts, status updates, tweets galore and more. Although we are more connected through technology than we have ever been, people are more disconnected than ever. What kind of control do you have over the quality of interaction you have with the people who matter to you most? We can use technology to keep friends up to date with the latest photos of your holiday, or by sharing an interesting article, or even more mundane things like what you ate for

breakfast or how bored you are at work. How much of that is really meeting your need to share and bond with others? A Facebook 'like' simply cannot replace actually getting together with a friend over coffee or a glass of wine! Although social media tools have their pros and cons for connecting with the people we care about, something is missing from those interactions - they are a bit like a fruit salad that only has apples and oranges in it. Diana Ross sings, “Reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place, if you can.” We are humans, and humans need to feel 'touched' by other humans, not

computers. Some people might say that it's better to have some fruit than none at all – but hopefully you have enough variety in your human relationships to make to a tasty fruit salad. To do this, make the effort to have a meaningful interaction with someone in your life at least once a week. If you're not sure who that person should be or if you don't have time, let me help you to work out which relationships would be a healthy, colourful fruit salad, and which are just a bunch of artificial flavours. Article: Kristina Leonardi