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Evidently I’m not the only one who sees value in taking a break from social media because I meet more and more people every day who are disengaging from it.
Some are merely taking a break, while others have decided not to join first place and have no intention of doing so in the future. Whatever the reason behind the decision, one thing is clear: it’s more challenging to communicate regularly.
So how do you stay in touch with friends who don’t participate in mainstream social media? You become pen pals, of course.
Yesterday, I rummaged through my stationery collection and sent a note to a dear friend that I made recently. I’m no stranger to letter writing. After all, I spent a year trying to communicate with friends the old fashioned way when I ditched Facebook myself.
Staying in touch with friends is important to me. Feeling connected to others–even when we may be thousands of miles apart–is comforting. And I genuinely want to know what’s going on in their life.
Nurturing meaningful friendships is a form of self-care.
Jotting down a few sentences doesn’t take much time at all, but it certainly takes more effort than sending an email or text. That’s what makes it so special.
Back in school, I can remember passing notes to friends on a daily basis. Some of them wouldn’t include a signature (for anonymity purposes, of course), but handwriting was easily recognizable among friends. I really miss that, which is why letter writing is such a treat.
How do you stay in touch with friends and family members who don’t engage in social media?