Social media - Facebook, Twitter, etc...
About six months ago or so, I closed my Facebook account. I couldn't stand the ads, and all those annoying changes to Facebook; especially security changes...
Three weeks ago or so, I paused posting to Twitter. Just because, taking a sabbatical
But, during these two experiments I've noticed that socially we as humans have really changed. We don't check-in with each other like we did BEFORE Facebook & Twitter.
Is this what life on the social front has turned into, Facebook & Twitter? Whatever happened to sending a text message to a friend to see how they are going etc?
- 04-22-2012, 07:34 AM #2
Honestly, I don't see or feel much of a difference between texting/facebook/twitteróbut people definitely don't call each other like they did twenty years ago.
But technology is different for each generation...I grew up without cell phones or the Internet, so when I was young you had to actually call a person to check in with themóAND they had to be at home when you called. My wife came of age in the cell era, and texts far more than she calls. Kids now might use twitter/tumblr/fb/etc. to keep up with each other but they still keep up.
The really interesting thing to me is how all that can actually BE the social interaction now. In other words, people aren't always together when they're hanging out these days.
- 04-22-2012, 07:36 AM #3
- 04-22-2012, 08:18 AM #4
But that does not apply to me. I still 'call' and visit my friends and some of my relatives. We actually take the time to have breakfast or lunch or check out a movie and stuff like that. Generally speaking, however, you're on point with your assessment, Navi. By the way, I , too, took a break from tweeting and although I still tweet, I don't do so as frequently as I used to.
Just Me, D
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- 04-22-2012, 08:40 AM #5
Depends on the friends. I have a lot of friends I met online some way or another (BBS, IRC, Twitter, etc.) and we don't talk that often. We email a lot. We email, text, or even tweet to get together. My best friend texts me to get together - he doesn't like talking on the phone - but we can then spend an hour talking about nothing as long as we have coffee in our hands.
I talk to my mother on the phone every day. Old habit. My father will Skype me if he wants to talk.
Did I mention I met my 2nd husband online? We text and email, too.
...all very good points. I guess for people like me that have moved from one country to another, social media is a rather cheap way to keep in touch with family and friends.
I guess my real fear is, in years to come, social media will more than take over our lives. Think about it, our smartphones almost already do that, no?
- 04-22-2012, 07:49 PM #7
Just Me, D
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- 04-23-2012, 02:28 PM #8
Ah ha! I knew someone was missing on Twitter and for some reason I could not figure it out for the life of me. I was thinking about it the other day and drawing a blank. Now I know it was you.
Related to your post though, I have friends that live far away and sometimes it's nice to feel like a part of their lives even though you are so far away. Social media is great for this. I used to use email but then spam and ads started to blog that down so much emails started getting lost. Some of my friends and family text, not all, but they all use social media. Yeah it seems to be taking over our lives but if you don't have a life outside of tv anyways then does it really matter?
- 04-26-2012, 07:50 AM #10
Like anything new, there are positives and negatives.
I think at this point in time, in 2012, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.
With a few keystrokes and a click of a button I can share a photo or a thought with my Aunt in California, Uncle in Michigan, and cousin in Colorado.
I am at school away from my hometown 9 months out of the year and if I want to check in with my brothers back home I can send them a tweet just to say hey or tell them something I did today.
As far as in person interactions go...my friends and I are pretty good with planning in person activities where our phones are in our pockets and we are interacting with one another.
I have seen, in social situations, phones "suck people in" to the point of it not even mattering if they were physically in the room with us or not, their brain and personality is not there!
This, to your point, is an example of a negative.
We will see where things go from here but with the money companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. make....social media is here to stay.
- 04-26-2012, 08:03 AM #11
- 04-26-2012, 08:29 AM #13
OMGoodness, I remember my first CompuServe account. I use to be online with that thing chatting to people, total flipping strangers all hours of the night...
Okay stop now, we're showing our age; these youngsters don't even know what CompuServe was\is, they only know AOL! - LMAO
- 04-26-2012, 08:37 AM #15
- 04-26-2012, 08:50 AM #16
At first, when our family had AOL dial-up, I remember "AOL" was a full-screen program of sorts, and Messenger was built into that with your Buddy List appearing on the side.
After that came the stand-alone AIM client with separate Buddy List, Away Messages, Profiles, oh man that brings back memories.
I remember going on oldversion.com to download some of the older AIM versions when I didn't like the updates...that must be why I'm programmed to not like any Facebook update for at least two weeks
- 04-26-2012, 09:00 AM #17iPhone Newbie
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It has made more people socially awkward and seems more and more people are insecure. People can rattle on and on via text nowadays. See them in person they have their head tucked down between their shoulders and can't even put a sentence together. So many more people are lacking real social skills and it's pretty damn sad. I'm the type of person that if there is an issue or problem I like to resolve it in person. Not get in a text war.
Even in business type situations too. Make a phone call to find something out/ask a question etc. that would take no longer than 30 seconds. They don't answer but you send them an email they respond right away and would rather go back and forth that way for 10 minutes.
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- 04-27-2012, 08:23 PM #22
I worked in call centres for 10+ years. The last thing I ever do now, even out of it for a while is talk to anyone on the phone. I don't care who it is. I hate telephones now.
I grew up without cell phones. I remember party lines! I know t would be different if I hadnt gotten paid to talk for 10 hours a day...but it is what it is.
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