I read a study recently that said that heavy social media users were more likely to feel socially isolated and alone than casual users. As a parent of teenagers and as someone who can go down a social media rabbit hole with the best of them, I worry about the effects technology is having on me and my family and wonder how we can use it for good and yet overcome the negative aspects.
As I sat pondering this, I thought about all the friendships I've made and solidified on the trail.
Words begin flooding my mind -
- a common goal
- shared experiences
Good things indeed come from getting outside, my friends. I can attest to the fact that hiking can be a fantastic way to build social and emotional connections with friends, family, and even strangers you meet on the trail. Next time you hit the trail, pull a chair up to the fire and soak in the conversation, be in the moment and enjoy the connections that come.