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Status Update: Breaking Bread With Real-Life Friends
As Carr describes his revelatory dinner party, "No one tweeted, no one texted, everyone talked. I’ve noticed more and more that when I go to gatherings, people are walking around in their own customized world defined by what is on their smartphone, not by who is sitting next to them at dinner. The serendipity of the offline world has been increasingly replaced by the nice, orderly online world where people only follow whom they want to and opt in to conversations that seem interesting."
We're busy, and as adults with spouses, partners, coworkers, and children to deal with, many of us forget to make time for our good, old-fashioned friendships. And yet we've read again and again that maintaining friendships are good for us in numerable ways. They may even help us live longer. Plus, Carr's is one of the most pleasant calls to action I've ever read: we should all remember to make time for our friends. Not FaceTime, but IRL time. Sharing nutrition, and the kind of rambling stories that don't make for good tweets. Breaking bread. Actual, real, delicious, beautiful (and here's a challenge: don't take an Instagram of it) bread.
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