Monthly Archives: May 2010

Socially speaking

So… being ‘social’ is the new trend. Social is now no longer an adjective, a descriptor of your ability to mingle with others of your species but a Thing. An ethereally electronic theory of realness. To be Social is to be connected, constantly. Are you social? are you hooked in? switched on? available at a moments notice? Do you join all these sites, post updates by the minute then complain you don’t have any time to yourself?

Facebook is in the news lately because they are dealing with privacy issues. People are up in arms that their data, personal info and the like is being shared without their permission. So… you want to be social but you don’t want people to know anything about you?
I can understand, I’m very cautious about my FB page and who I ‘add’, but isn’t that the point? to meet new people?

I can’t tell you if this is good or bad, but I can tell you that I find it’s just another ‘tool’ to pull you away from being really social so you can be online social. The balance is getting lost where it used to be something to update now it’s something to do, constantly. The same people that used to deride other people for spending their evenings chatting online with people in different states and countries are now facebooking with complete strangers around the world.

Are you ready to become Social.