Monday, August 24, 2009

Discussing Social Media.....AGAIN

Yes I'm at it again. Discussing Social Media.

Do you think that social media is causing people to have actual conversations less, and communicate online more? It's easy to sit at the computer and read what is going on in our friends lives, and click "like" (facebook) or comment with "I agree!" or "you are hilarious!" or...."we so do not share the same political views" =). Hitting "reply" in twitter, then having only 140 characters to type our response takes what, 20 seconds? We don't even have to worry about our hair or what we're wearing! Yep. Easy.

But should we let that be the ONLY communication we have? I know, we're all busy, we have a lot of things to do, and connecting and communicating online while multi-tasking is fun. I get that. Its a cool way to stay in touch while doing 20 other things. But if it totally replaces meeting a friend for lunch for live, verbal conversation, I'm not sure that's a good thing.

Texting. I am the queen of this. The phone vibrates, I immediately know what some of my favorite people are thinking right at that second, or what they're doing. This is SO addictive people. But I have to say that while I usually don't want to spend hours on the phone, there is something to be said for hearing the voice on the other end tell me what they've just texted me. It's closer contact, and makes it a little more real, wouldn't you say?

The flipside of that is, texting is easier at times (see above) . I'm in the store looking for shoes, I really don't want to talk right now, but I have to tell you something really quick! Flip the phone open, and in 30 seconds you've been enlightened of my most recent thought.

Be warned: written word sometimes gets lost in translation, because the connotation gets muddled. This will happen, just remember that you may perceive something a different way than it was intended. If you're not sure, ask! Before the conversation turns south when that could totally be avoided.

Blogging, ah my favorite way of learning people's thoughts, hopes, dreams.....or just their humor in general. I've read blogs that have made me DIE laughing. I've also read blogs that have made me cry, or see things in a totally different light. If they took the time to share it, I'm gonna take the time to read it.

So today, lets have breakfast for real mmmkay?

Oh wait, I havent showered yet. See you on Facebook!

Je t'adore

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