Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Social Media and the Introvert

I have been batting around the idea of writing about Introverts and Social Networking for a while now. And when I was ready to get writing, I posted a note on Facebook to ask for feedback. Of course immediately both of my parents (no doubt from separate rooms in the same house) commented back.

And that is where the beauty and irony of social networking get complicated. Two people in the same space communicating with a third person miles away almost instantaneously.

As an introvert, I like the idea of being able to connect with people on my own terms- to set up boundaries and avenues to communicate, to have immediate gratification and human interaction without the messiness of actual human interaction.

So does social networking bring us closer together, or further apart? The answer to that is likely in how you use it. Just as email was seen as a miraculous new tool for communication and at the same time, the cause for the degradation of our language skills. New media is untested, un-studied, un-understood. And yet utilized at uber-light-speed and spit out on a whim when it no longer meets our needs, or if a "new" fad comes along. It will be interesting to see where this social networking trend takes us, and if in the end the power is ultimately harnessed positively...

- meg

Meghan Wier
Author Writer Web Consultant

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