While we are certainly more connected than ever, some say we’ve never been so alone.
Is this true? Oh, say it ain’t so.
Blogging improves social interaction, right?
Engaging on Twitter is a great way to start a friendship, correct?
Receiving comments on your blog is just so crackin’!
But is this cyber-reality just a poor substitute for the real thing?
And the bigger question: Is social media “In Real Life?”
I’d venture to state that social media is bringing us closer together, is “In Real Life,” and is doing way more good than bad. Yes, you read that correctly, I did say “social” is “In Real Life,” There, I said it.
And what about simply starting the conversation?
If you’re the quiet type, I would say social media is golden when it comes to introducing you to new people. And when you finally meet someone in person it’s not so awkward, because the conversation has already started. The introvert in me likes that.
Social enhances connections.
Engaging online fosters friendships and business relationships.
It’s also making the world smaller.
The Arab Spring is an example of its power to help organize. People made this happen of course, but the tools of social media helped to galvanize and spark people to action, quickly and in an organized fashion. I don’t know enough about these events to write about social media as a true catalyst, but you can’t deny its impact as a tool for organizing and promoting change.
Would you agree that a movement like this is good for the world? I also wonder how many bonds were forged during such and event.
The Atlantic stated this about Facebook, “… while social-network connections have increased the numbers of names and faces in our arsenal, those connections are superficial and at times, not even people we know at all.”
There is some truth to that, but I’m not writing about Facebook “friends,” I am focusing on the smaller number of people you meet and forge true relationships with. Most Facebook “friends” are cursory relationships, the ones I’m describing are real. And hey, guess what, I’m not even on Facebook.
I often write about being disengaged for most of my life, Introverted and not exactly a people person. It took me over forty years to finally see the light. To embrace discomfort, get out and start doing things that truly frightened me, and to truly engage.
And recently social media has changed my life in a more profound way. In all honesty it’s opened up a whole new world to me and the connections I’ve made are a huge part of that. They do call it “social” for a reason, right?
So for all the doubters, I’ll argue this point any day. I do realize I’m kinda preaching to the choir, but social media is bringing us closer together, whether we like it or not.
While it can never replace face-to-face relationships, it is a great way to create and foster personal and/or business relationships.
Is social media “In Real Life?”
Do you think social media is isolating us or bringing us closer together?
And what are your thoughts on “social” as a catalyst for change?
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