If you were to strike up a discussion about social media the likelihood of the conversation turning sour is highly likely with topics such as mental health and wellbeing coming into play.
However, whilst there are some definite criticisms of social media apps, we appear to have forgotten the multitude of benefits that social media can offer – particularly for those long-distance workers frequently away from home.
We spoke to our brand ambassador Luke about his opinion, as a HGV driver, on social media and the many opportunities it can give to him such as the ability to keep in touch with loved ones whilst he’s on the road.
“Living in a world where there is social media, as a long-distance worker, I think is fantastic,” says Luke. “I’m a third generation truck driver and I travel all over the UK – sometimes away from home several days a week.
“Back in the 90s whilst I was growing up, my dad was away all week and he wouldn’t know what we were up to. I wouldn’t see him from Monday to Friday and would have to wait for weekends for him to come home.
“Nowadays I can have Facetime calls with my daughters, view videos and photos of them doing out of school activities such as cheerleading, swimming and drama school, and so much more.
“Not only is social media good for keeping in touch with my family but it’s also useful for staying in contact with my fellow trucker friends. There are about 20 of us who talk on a day-to-day basis. We know where each other are and if we’re about to pass each other on the roads.
“I think social media is good for my mental health as you feel like you’re not alone – something which my dad and grandad potentially did back in the day when they were on the road.”
Although there is a lot of information about the negatives of too much time on social media, it has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world.
Especially in the driving industry….