Convenience vs. Connection: Finding Balance


On this show…we are weighing the convenience vs the connection to find an optimal balance. Sacrificing one seems like taking a step back in time but limiting the other is detrimental to your health. People need people….I could break out into song here but just trust me. A more recent review of 148 studies concluded that on average having stronger social ties increased the likelihood of an individual’s overall survival by as much as 50 percent! You might be a self-proclaimed loner or someone who would rather observe life from afar but the fact is, we need people for emotional support, companionship, and a sense of belonging. Relationships with others provide comfort during challenging times, joy during celebrations, and a feeling of connection that enriches life. Additionally, interactions with others offer opportunities for personal growth, learning, and the development of empathy and understanding. 

Modern times have really changed the way we interact with others both personally and professionally but has the convenience come at a cost? I say yes, but now I have to convince you. I’m not suggesting we go back to the turn of the century and remove all technology from our houses but I am hoping that you will strive for a healthy balance once you fully understand the pros and cons. Deal?

Gareth Cook answers Why We Are Wired to Connect at

Alarming Statistics from From Pew Research…

Adrianna Rodriguez from USA Today discusses how Americans are lonely and it’s killing them.

At I found out why Americans more than ever have no friends. Here are 5 steps to make more friends

  1. Plan Social Activities: Organize gatherings, events, or outings that encourage face-to-face interaction. This could include dinners, game nights, or outdoor activities.
  2. Join Clubs or Groups: Join clubs, classes, or groups based on your interests. This provides opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and engage in shared activities.
  3. Attend Local Events: Attend community events, festivals, or workshops to meet new people and engage in conversations.
  4. Limit Screen Time: Reduce the amount of time spent on digital devices, which can free up more time for in-person interactions.
  5. Prioritize Face-to-Face Communication: When possible, choose face-to-face communication over digital methods like texting or emailing.
  6. Be Present: When interacting with others in person, be fully present and engaged in the conversation. Put away distractions like phones or laptops.
  7. Seek Out New Experiences: Try new activities or hobbies that involve interacting with others, such as joining a sports team or volunteering.

CHALLENGE: Don’t take the easy way out and live your life on the periphery. Step up, reach out, and nurture human connection. It’s the fastest declining commodity. Take the time and invest to reap the greatest rewards life has to offer.

I Know YOU Can Do It!