Letter Best: Get off the grid

June 8, 2014 

When it comes to social networking, everyone is looking for the latest update on Facebook, the newest picture on Instagram or the latest post on Twitter.

Considering all the time that people spend online, how much of it really matters? Twenty years from now, what will matter is not all your comments on Facebook or the pictures pinned on Pinterest but the impressions you made on other people, the friends whose lives you've changed.

Everyone seems to be on their phones. Even at school, most everyone has an iPhone or smartphone in hand, ready to check the latest news at a moment's notice. All that time could be spent being more productive, such as taking on that job in the garage that's been planned for months, or going for a run, or spending time with friends or making new friends, especially at school.

We are so busy checking online that we don't see the needs in the people around us. You smiling at the depressed girl in the hallway might stop her from committing suicide. Your compliment could give a guy the courage to stand up to a bully. So get off your phone and go change a life.

KIRSHA JOHNSON, Kennewick

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