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Social Media is Killing How We Communicate
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In the advent of social media… there seems to be a lot of prevailing trends that are starting to become rather worrisome in the way that we as people communicate.

It seems that folks think that a “LIKE” is akin to actually giving notice to poignant thoughts or a ‘conversation’ in cyberspace. All the noise that is out there in so many formats… Facebook, Twitter (to name the two biggest contenders). A lot of communication is lost in all the noise depending on how many folks people ‘follow’ or ‘friend’.

  • And on that tangent… how many ‘friends’ does one need on Facebook? “Friending” online seems to be the “Pokemon” of the internet age… “Got to Catch ‘Em All”. If you have so many “friends” what kind of friends are they? Do you actually KNOW any of these people all that well?

  • If you Follow a lot of folks on twitter… no matter how well you organize it is hard to filter out a lot of the content you really want to see… what really matters? How do you discern what it is that you want to say… Limiting thoughts to 140 byte sized chunks has shown to be sometimes humorous but often harmful ways people communicate online. Some of the harshest things can be said without ANY form of filtration before being ‘tweeted’ to the world. Anything said online is able to be found… there is a record of it somewhere that will never be able to be completely removed/deleted.



So just some food for thought… I’m finding myself getting less and less enthused by the way people are starting to rely on social media communication to interact personally with friends. Even Instant Messages & SMS/Text is more personal than any social media outlet by and large. I sometimes miss the occasional IM from a friend… or SMS/Text… even the @reply from twitter feels more like a poke or hardly a real conversation medium to be had for anything in depth. Facebook only marginally better in some regards.

I remember the days of yesteryear of blogging… Do folks even really read them any more at this point? I am beginning to wonder… I used to use LiveJournal for the longest time then leaned away from it in the age of Twitter. I found that I can link things together to keep some sites alive with content though… and am trying to find ways that I can better get thoughts out in my head and not be limited by the character constraints of the social media forums.

All I would ask for anyone I know and care about is to don’t forget that these social mediums do not replace the simpler forms of interpersonal communication. You are thought about… and I care about those that are meaningful in my life.

Thank you all for listening to my rambling mind here.

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Date: 2015-01-02 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dook.livejournal.com
Thanks for the comment there... I'll keep that in mind when I have something more thought provoking or insightful to comment or say something about :3

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