In the past four or five years, the nouns "friend" and "relationship" have become terms with such vast definitions, I wonder if we can really define them anymore.
The onset of social networking, particularly Facebook and Twitter, has allowed the average person to have hundreds, often thousands, of "friends." It has provided the opportunity to build "relationships" most never thought possible.
When it comes to business, marketing, advertising, fundraising, professional networking and social awareness, (to name a few!) I'm not sure one can quantify the positive effects of social media.
We now live in an age where, in just 140 characters, you can rally the troops to help someone in need, or expose the masses to new products or events.
But I think buried beneath the obvious gains, we are experiencing serious losses in a world dominated by our computers and cell phones.
I hope I'm not the only user of social media (and constant text messaging) who is becoming wary of the way our world is "connecting" and cultivating "relationships."
(Disclaimer, this is not a finger-pointing article, unless I'm pointing the finger at myself. It wasn't until I began to observe my own habits on social media and how it was affecting me, that I became more sensitive to how others use it as well.)
These public domains are no longer just a jumping off point for communication between friends and colleagues. It is becoming the only way we "talk" with one another.
Twitter began as a tool to share information or reconnect, but with increasing numbers, it seems more like public text messaging.
Users now have conversations with one another "discussing" everything from happy hour meetings to how couples want to spend their Friday date night.
Seriously, people are setting up DATES in PUBLIC on TWITTER. (See a column I wrote in 2008 about doing this via text message; unacceptable.) Pick up the phone and keep your personal life personal, peo…Read more...