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Is Social Media Communication?


 

Writing my blog and then writing in my journal and then all the social media that has to be done each day not to mention checking email, etc. I spend hours on networking but am I really communicating at all? Is anyone really listening? All this communication but are we really communicating? We run around all day chasing to do lists and checking off boxes and at the end of the day there is still this long list of things left undone. Technology was supposed to make life easier, to free up our time so we could pursue leisure, and think big thoughts but it hasn’t. If anything technology has consumed our day so that we can not function without being tethered to a smart phone. We can not just talk without posting it to Facebook. We can not just be present and watch the beautiful sunset, we have to Instagram it. We can not just watch a concert, we have to record it for youtube. We can’t just be at a protest, we have to livestream. We are so busy hiding behind a camera or a phone that we are missing out on the things that make us human. We are so attached to our technology that we are missing out on what makes us human. Interaction, communication, awareness.

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and tumblr. I don’t even know what tumblr is but I have one and vine. Exactly why do I need vine if I have youtube? Is any of this really that important, that we spend hours on it while ignoring the people who are actually in the room with us?

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Dan
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Nothing is worth ignoring the people in the room, but these media are forms of communication and I think valuable ones. I have “met” people I would not otherwise know through these venues, and I value the things I’ve learned through those connections. It does take time, and we have… Read more »

greg1948
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I agree with you completely–so why do you do it all? Some is necessary for “modern” life, but a lot of it is just electronic “white noise.”

Joanne Corey
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I am somewhat in-between with electronic communication. I have my blog and use Facebook, although not to post every action I take. Most of what I tweet is about my blog or causes with which I am involved. I don’t have a smartphone or video camera and seldom post photos,… Read more »

Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread
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Did you ever see City Slickers where Billy Crystal’s character is trying to figure out the meaning of life and Curly says it is one thing but each person has to figure that out for themselves? I think that is what each person has to do about the never ending… Read more »

Rosie
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I think something will come along, some day, and people will get off this track. It isn’t that interesting that when something else (that may not have even been invented yet) arrives, people will drop these devices like hot potatoes. I was telling someone this morning as I walked to… Read more »