Our Un-Social Social Media
How Do We Take Online Relationships to the Next Level?
by Pete Blackshaw
July 19, 2010
In recent weeks I've been in a state of "digital detox," or better yet, "social sobriety." Ironically,
I now feel a bit more in touch and conversational.
My beautiful sister Mary Grace passed away a week ago as a result of complications from
heart failure. She was only 55. The extreme shock was mitigated only slightly by spending a
week with her in the hospital before she died.
From the first inkling of serious trouble to last weekend's beautiful memorial service in the San
Diego area, my life's been a non-stop series of conversations. I'm talking about the real stuff --
deep, intimate, authentic, meaningful, sustaining, raw, emotional, agonizing, intense. And with
a diverse cross-section of audiences: my six siblings, multiple relatives, doctors, nurses, close
friends of my sister, her son, my Alzheimer's-afflicted mother and others.
Needless to say, this has given me long-overdue pause for introspection. Connecting in
meaningful ways over someone you have lost, or are losing, makes everything else we deem
"social" seem so .
.. well, unsocial. Or perhaps just a bit trivial.