Michael Jordan is known for his basketball skills and ferocity, but what some may not know is that behind the ultra-competitive player was a man who loved connecting with his family and friends.
Mike needed tangible connections
As we all know, Jordan reached its peak in an era when technology had yet to take over the world. Instead of scrolling and clicking the like button, people were meeting in person or sending emails to let their family and friends know how they felt. It was the norm that ‘His Airness’ was used to, and that type of connection was definitely what he relied on when he needed some inspiration.
“You had to live life as it came, you know, and you learned the education aspect every day, spending time with friends and family, it wasn’t on the phone, you know, it was actually there, and you wrote letters,” Jordan told Good Morning America in 2020. “My mom, she saved all my letters. It’s kind of embarrassing, but it’s still refreshing that I took the time to write a letter to tell my mom how much I love her and, you know, what I need in college.”
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While there’s nothing wrong with making personal visits or writing and sending letters, it’s hard to disagree that those old customs need to be expanded and modernized to keep up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Step aside if you’re an NBA player who flies from city to city all season long.
Fortunately, the Internet allows us to connect with almost everyone through social media. However, like any other byproduct of modern technology, social media also has negative effects on people. So no wonder an old boss like MJ doesn’t feel it with social media like Twitter and all the other platforms.
“I don’t know if I could survive on this Twitter [era]where you don’t have the privacy you want and what seems so innocent can always be misinterpreted.” Jordan once admitted.
After listening to Jordan’s honest dealings with his family and friends without the help of modern technology, we now know how important it is for a CAPRICORN to build and develop real and honest relationships with the people who matter to him. At the same time, we should also acknowledge and respect MJ’s reasoning for not liking social media.