A few years ago, Holstee shifted from having a Brooklyn-based office to being a decentralized team with everyone working remotely.

While it’s offered us a lot of flexibility and has overall made us more productive, it has also meant that I spend quite a lot of time in front of a screen every day, interacting with the team online. This has made time spent in person so much more important.

But despite my best efforts to reduce screen time, there is still plenty of it.

And when I feel a bit lonely while working from home, I may look to social media for a quick surge of connectedness.

After getting lost in a series of buzz-worthy articles, vacation photos, and posts from people I’m not sure I’ve ever even met in person, I become a more judgmental and isolated version of myself, feeling emptier and more disconnected.

No matter how hard we try, technology can’t replace real human connection.

What I do know, is that when I am able to avoid the temporary social media fix and instead schedule time with the people I care about (whether that’s going on an adventure or having a meaningful conversation) I feel much more than a social sugar rush.

I feel full, connected and grateful for the relationships I have in my life.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with real connections with the people you love.

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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