Feeling disconnected, this woman hosted a dinner party … in her hallway (VIDEO)

Technology is great, but the best connections are the ones made #IRL (in real life).

Ever feel like you spend the day surrounded by people who are physically there, but just not really there? Few would argue against the notion that technology has changed our world for the better, but the downside of always having the world at our fingertips is that our “connectivity” can diminish some of the real-life, organic connections with the people living life right along beside us.

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This powerful (and polished) video, filmed as part of the #Eattogether campaign which was started in Canada by a food company called President’s Choice, paints a picture of the disconnection many of us may feel on a day-to-day basis—so often we go through our days without ever really “looking up” and noticing what (and who!) is around us. But the brave woman in this video decides that she’s had enough of the social isolation—so after a long day of feeling invisible, she and her roommate drag their dining table into a crowded hallway of their apartment building and invite their neighbors (many of whom they’ve never even met!) to join them in a simple meal.

The video is a beautiful, yet simple reminder for all of us to see and appreciate what truly matters in life—the people around us. We’re reminded to say hello to our neighbors, to get to know them, and every once in awhile, put down our phones and look into the eyes of those around us. Watch the video, then put your phone (or tablet, computer, etc) down and seek out a real-life conversation. You never know what or who you may encounter!

Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman
Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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