Let’s face it, I’m getting old. Especially when it comes to technology. I grew up before cell phones, smartphones and Facebook. As technology has grown and our connectivity has increased it seems like we stopped trying to connect meaningfully. It’s so much easier to “LIKE” someones page on their birthday or to simply say “Happy Birthday” on their Facebook wall and call it good. In my opinion, this lacks a certain genuineness. Most people don’t agree with me, that’s fine, they’re wrong… but it’s fine.
I get that it’s not always practical to call people on their birthdays or on holidays, people are busy and don’t want a thousand calls. Sometimes a text message can be enough, I admit it’s a step up from a Facebook post. Still it lacks a personal touch at times. This is me speaking as someone who feels loved through words of affirmation from others.
On Holidays I try to reach out to the friends that I really care about. I often opt for calls because you can actually interact and get your message across sincerely. This doesn’t always work though. Many people don’t pick up their phones on holidays, rightly so. This year I tried something different.
Most people I’m friends with have some form of smartphone and can receive video messages. I chose to do a series of personalized 20 – 30 seconds video texts to the people I care about most. This has several benefits in my mind. (1) People can view it at their convenience (2) No waiting through long voicemails (3) It’s easy to do several in a very short time (4) It sets your message apart from all the others!
I’m not saying my way is the right way, but it’s at least a small flash of tech genius.
Technology is not slowing down, I’m not a luddite (one who fears technological advancement), I love technology, but not at the expense of genuine interactions. Maybe a text is good enough for you, maybe a video message is unnecessary, but maybe it would be appreciated, try it out! It could be fun.
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