Your cellphone, the Internet, computers — they’re all great! You can meet new people, learn new things and share ideas with friends from all over the world. But what about your friends who live just down the street? The Internet is fun but if your online time has created barriers between you and your real friends, it might be time to put down the phone and experience the world with #nofilter!
Sisanda, a 16-year-old high school student, told us about the time she went to her favourite hang-out spot with her friends. It was oddly silent except for the constant pinging from everyone’s phones. It got ridiculous when one of her best friends, who was sitting just across from her, sent her a WhatsApp message.
It’s something that many of us have probably experienced. If you’re tired of feeling like you’re all alone even when you’re with your friends, here’s an idea — make an agreement that the first person who checks their phone when you’re all together has to sing a silly song or do something embarrassing.
We love the Internet — there’s so much to learn, do and think about on the web. And when you run out of things to Google, there are always those funny photos!
Never forget what’s really important: the people close to you, like your friends and family. They care about you. Be present in your life so that you have things to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ in the real world too.