I need to preface this post with a quick mention that it’s outside my theme of simplicity. However, since I’m in networking mode right now, I feel the need to speak on something that has dawned on me in the last few days…
Does anyone think it’s ironic that “social” media has become increasing popular in an age where people prefer to text or email over picking up the phone and talking to someone? In an age where you can no longer have dinner with friends without someone checking their phones/blackberries at least five times? Don’t get me wrong, I think the medium of social media is fantastic. I think it can do wonders for a person or business selling goods and services because we as people like to talk, and we certainly love to give our opinions. It’s also a great avenue for when you’re searching for your next career opportunity as I am. And, this is only surface level stuff. There is so much more to it that I’m just starting to skim.
But, selling social media is not what this post is about. I’ve come to the conclusion that social media is ideal for the socially introverted. You can pretty much access and provide any information you want on a person, place or thing without “talking” to anyone. It’s virtual networking (or stalking, however you want to see it). Take me for example, I announced my pregnancy via Facebook. We called immediate family only and everyone else found out via my status bar. I saw it as being efficient. Again, it’s an introvert’s social paradise.
In conclusion, I think the definition of social through companionship is evolving. We still have our networks to help get us to where we want to go, but it’s just not as personal as it once was. Either that or, by this definition, we’re all becoming socially retarded. I haven’t ruled out the latter quite yet.